MEC upbeat on smooth elections

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it is upbeat on the smooth running of 2019 tripartite elections.

MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah made the assurance during the demonstration of the electronic bio-metric voter registration process at Parliament building in Lilongwe on Wednesday.

Justice Ansah admitted that the voters roll had been a problem in the past elections.

“Voters were having transposed photographs, miss spelt names, sometimes not found at all at the centre they registered, multiple registrations and the Commission in some cases was registering foreigners or the under-aged due to lack of proper identification system,” Ansah said.

Ansah was however optimistic that with the electronic bio-metric voter registration, these problems will automatically be eliminated.

she said various quarters have recommended the National IDs as the only way of ensuring a clean
voters’ roll.

“It has been noted that the process would be faster and could lead to registering more people within a short time thereby people spending less time on the queue and with accurate results,” she said.

The Chairperson has therefore appealed to the 193 Members of Parliament to encourage their communities who did not register, to take advantage of the continuous registration being conducted by the National Registration Bureau – NRB in all the districts.

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