By Kenneth Chizotera Mkandawire.MEC
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says the organization is Enthusiastic that it will conduct a successful voter registration exercise that will beat the projected figures in the Islands district ahead of the 2019 tripartite elections.
Chairperson for the Electoral body Dr. Jane Ansah made the revelation in an interview Thursday 1st November 2018 on her familiarization visit to registration centers in the district after commencement of the exercise on 27 October this year.
In her remarks, Ansah said she was impressed with the advancement of the exercise that has so far registered 3,164 voters in all the 8 registration centers on Likoma and Chizumulu Islands representing 49% of the projected 6,091 2018 projection within the period of the first five days.
She said, “Registration exercise has started well, and the progress is so promising, we have had some factors contributing to the failure of scoring the expected figures in other districts but in this case, we are positive with the progress on the ground.”
She went on to say that MEC is quite sure that the eligible voters will continue coming in to get registered on the Islands as the mobilization campaign continues.
Meanwhile, the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust has embarked on an old hours campaign mobilizing the Island’s residents in order to meet the targeted projection.
Civic and Education officer for NICE on the Islands district Mr. Patrick Chikoti said the Trust Para civic educators have been deployed to reach even to the hard to reach areas.
“As a Civic Educator we do not have time to stay back and watch when people are not showing up to register. Sometimes it is because some are living in the hard to reach areas, we have deployed our para civic educators to disseminate the message even to their convenient places,” he said.
Last phase of the voter registration exercise was commenced on 27 0ctober covering Likoma, Nkhata-bay, Mzuzu City and Mzimba and will round up on 9 November 2018.