As the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections draw closer, the Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) has said it is leaving no stone unturned to have successful elections.
Mec Commissioner, Moffat Banda, said this during an interface meeting the commission held with members of Blantyre Press Club (BPC), a social grouping of journalists based in the Southern Region.
Banda said preparations for the voter registration exercise, which starts on 26 June this year, have been finalised.
“The registration of voters is planned to start on June 26 in phases. Each phase will run for a period of 14 days, irrespective of holidays and weekends, with a minimum of three and maximum of five days transition period between the phases,” Banda said when he met media practitioners who gathered at the Raphael Tenthani Centre of Journalism Excellence at The Polytechnic, University of Mal media practitioners to adhere to ethics when covering electoral issues.
“The media are a crucial partner in elections and we, as the Malawi Electoral Commission, are eager to see to it that our partners are discharging their roles in a professional manner and that any competency or knowledge gap should be addressed,” Banda said.
BPC initiated the interface meeting with Mec officials to exchange ideas and information ahead of next year’s elections.
BPC President, Blessings Kanache, said the meeting was organised as part of efforts to sensitise journalists to electoral laws.
“We are thankful to the commission for sharing relevant information with us,” Kanache said.
So far, Mec has recruited 200 master trainers, an unknown number of biometric voter registration kit operators, technicians and data quality control clerks, among other temporary staff.
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