By Bester Kayaye
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has reiterate it's commitment to holding credible elections in 2019 as they have managed to register 81 percent of the projected 3.3 million voters in the first three phases.
Speaking at a press briefing on Friday, MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said registration statistics for the first three phases show that the Commission has registered a total of 2.6 million voters representing 81 percent of the projected 3.3 million voters.
She said the Commission has looked at the statistics and they are showing a general trend of uniform pattern for outcome as so far Kasungu has the lowest turnout percentage of 74 against 2018 projections while Nkhotakota is the highest with 88 percent.
Ansah has therefore called on electoral stakeholders to assist the commission in spreading messages to eligible voters in order to reach their projected target as it has already embarked on awareness campaigns advocating masses on the importance of participating in electoral process.
She also urged those in diaspora to come back and register as the laws of Malawi do not provide for external voter registration and polling.
She added that the Commission is committed to supporting women, the youth and people with disabilities to participate in elections without compromising its neutrality as a poll body.
The Fourth phase of voter registration exercise which started on 16th August and is expected to be completed on 26th August is being conducted in Blantyre, Chikwawa, Ntcheu and Mwanza districts.
A Snap Survey that Newsline conducted in some centers in Blantyre city east constituency has established that only few people showed up to get registered.
In an earlier interview with Newsline, Ansah bemoaned the tendency of many Malawians who are only after national IDs.
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