Dr Moffat Banda
Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has today rolled out the second phase for the voter registration exercise in readiness for the 2019 polls.
The Commission has proceeded to the second phase despite an outcry by analysts, Civil Society Organizations, and opposition political parties for MEC to consider extending the first phase of the voter registration exercise which was characterized by low turnout.
However MEC Commissioner also Chairperson for Media, Civic and Voter Education Committee Dr Moffat Banda has disclosed that MEC deployed its human resource in all the centres on Thursday.
According to Commissioner Banda the voter registration exercise is targeting Nine million eligible voters.
The second phase will be carried out in Nkhota-Kota, Ntchisi, Mchinji and Dowa districts.
Meanwhile, the electoral body says stakeholders will make a ruling on whether or not the current voter registration should be suspended after the body’s meeting on 17th July.
The meeting has been convened after some opposition political parties complained of irregularities during the first phase of the exercise, which covered Kasungu, Salima and Dedza districts.
On Thursday, leader of opposition also president for the opposition Malawi Congress Party Lazarus Chakwera stormed MEC offices in Blantyre where he complained of various challenges which includes lack of sensitization among others.
MEC Chairperson Dr. Jane Ansah admitted having met the leader of opposition but refused to divulge more information of the meeting.
Ansah disclosed that the electoral body had received complaints from the MCP leader and that its NEC will give a ruling on the grievances on 17th July.
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