Tue. Sep 17th, 2019

MEC Chairperson Impressed With LL High Voter Registration: Worried With Other Parties Monitor Absence

Written by Enock Balakasi

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson, Dr. Jane Ansah has expressed satisfaction over high voter registration in Lilongwe district and city three days since the third phase of exercise.

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) yesterday (Wednesday) took the media on a tour of some of the centres where it was found that cumulative figures are almost matching the projected number of registrants so far.

People in Lilongwe registering to vote in 2019

Some of visited registration centres on Kauma, City centre, M’gona, Kabwabwa and Chipala , Ansah said she was impressed with the high number of people participating in the registration exercise.

In an interview with Smash after the tour, Ansah commended political parties and other stakeholders for their contribution towards sensitization of communities, which she said is resulting into the high turnout.

Dr. Jane Ansah during an inspection in Lilongwe

As a Commission, we are happy that things are going on well in this third phase comparing to the first phase. Another thing that most people are happy with is that it take only less than 3 minutes for to register especially for those who have NRB ID,” she said.

“We have witnessed cues in some centers mostly those who are coming to register with NRB first before MEC,” she added.

According to Dr Ansah, Ministry of Health has started using NRB cards for one to access health care services which in turn help them to get registered with MEC.

However, it has been observed that it is only Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which have sent monitors during all three phases despite having more than 50 political parties.

Good number of men and women turning up for registration in Lilongwe

But MEC Chairperson said they communicated to all stakeholders, all the parties and NGOs and CSO’s to give them nsmes of monitors well in advance, adding that it is part of transparent.

Random interviews conducted with political party monitors, who mainly included Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), revealed that people are registering because of voter and civic education campaigns taking place in different forums.

“There is sensitisation campaign going on. This phase will be much better than the last two because there are a few challenges,” one of the monitors said.

The third phase startee on 30 July, 2018 and is targeting Lilongwe city and Urban and it is expected to end on 12 August.

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