Ballot papers for the forthcoming fresh presidential election are expected to arrive in the country from Dubai next week Friday June 19 2020.
In a statement issued Friday by the Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) signed by the commission’s Chairperson Chifundo Kachale, Mec held a meeting on June 11, 2020 and resolved to commence the printing of ballot papers immediately.
“The resolution of the commission has been duly communicated to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC.
“In a letter dated 11th June 2020, to the commission, the printer has indicated that it will take a minimum of seven (7) days to print and package the ballot papers. All factors remaining constant, the ballot papers and associated electoral materials may be received by the commission on 19th June 2020 at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe in the presence of candidate’s representatives,” reads part of the statement.
The announcement comes following the identification of a printer, and publishing in the gazette June 23, 2020 as the polling day for the fresh presidential elections.
“In the spirit of Section 8 (2) of the Electoral Commission Act, empowering the commission to communicate with the government, any political party, candidate, person or organisation, we will soon be directly engaging the candidates on anticipated logistical challenges and possible mitigation measures,” it reads.
Asked on other logistical issues taking into consideration the time left until polling day, Mec’s Director of Media and Public Communications Sangwani Mwafulirwa said the commission will make the announcement today.
The commission approved three presidential candidates to contest for the highest office of the land.
The three are Tonse Alliance’s Lazarus Chakwera, Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party and United Democratic Front (UDF) Alliance and Peter Kuwani of Mbakuwaku Movement.
Chakwera is pairing State Vice President and UTM leader Saulos Chilima while Mutharika’s running mate is UDF’s Atupele Muluzi.
On February 3 2020 the Constitutional Court annulled the presidential election results, a decision which was upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeal following a petition by MCP and UTM that the election was marred by irregularities.
Meanwhile, Mec has gazetted June 23 as day when the fresh presidential elections will be held.