By Enock Balakasi
With only two days remaining before end of second phase of voters registration in Ntchisi, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has expressed satisfaction with the turnout of voters been registered in 12 days.
On Tuesday, MEC Chairperson Dr Jane Ansah paid surprised visit and in order to get first hand information in four centers across the district on Tuesday.
Dr Ansah visited Makanda center, Kanyenda center, Chiwaliwali center and Ntchisi LEA center all in Traditional Authority Kalumo.
Speaking in an interview after the tour MEC Chairperson Dr Jane Ansah said MEC is satisfied with voter registration turnout in Ntchisi. “We started on a high note with highest three centres recording over 400 people and other centres were registering around 200 people. To date Ntchisi has registered over 100,000 people, this is so good and we are hoping not to be very far from the projected figure,” said Ansah.
The Chairperson expressed optimism that they will almost reach the projection of 133,000 in the district since there are still more 2 days to go in the second phase of the registration. She disclosed that efforts are still being made to ensure that almost every eligible voter has been reached out to register within the remaining period.
“We continue to encourage chiefs, the civil society organisations, faith leaders and other stakeholders to constantly encourage the citizenry to go and register,” said Ansah.
According to Ansah there was no major challenge except transportation of materials in to centers as well as breakdown of solar panel but later replaced by generators.
During the tour, it was noted that most of the centers are mostly dominated by DPP, MCP and Depeco monitors.
Commenting on the same, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) monitor Ezikelo Chiwanda Ntchisi LEA said he is happy with the way people are registering.
Chiwanda was optimistic that during the 2 remaining days many people will also register considering that most of them were relaxing, waiting to register during the last days of the registration.
“We have been lobbying people to go and register now before it’s too late, we are reminding them that once the registration is over in the district, they will never have another chance to register,” said Chiwanda .
Ntchisi district has four constituencies with 122 centers. At least 123,000 people are expected to register.