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Jane Ansah assures of credible elections

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By Serah Makondetsa:

Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah has assured Malawians of free, fair and credible elections come May 21.

Ansah made the remarks on a recorded programme called Times Exclusive which airs today evening on Times Television.

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She was responding to questions on the hiccups that marred some of the electoral processes.

Among others, during the registration phase, one of the commission’s Biometrical Registration Kit was found on a train from Mozambique, a development which caused fear among the voters.

“The process for Malawians to cast their vote has been going on well and we will have free, fair, transparent and credible elections. The processes started last year with registration of voters which we did across the country.

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“Everything will go well as I have already said. There were hiccups but they did not disturb the electoral processes,” she said.

Ansah said the commission has this far managed to work around the money provided by the Treasury in fulfilling several activities leading to the polling day.

“The money which we received from the Treasury has been put to good use and there is accountability of it. We have made sure that all the necessary materials that we needed were be bought.

“Every election has its own problems and successes, so we cannot compare how the 2014 election was conducted to this time around. Of course, we have a post-election scrutiny but, overall, each election has its own elements,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mec has started distributing non-sensitive polling materials, including ballot boxes and ballot booths.

The 2019 voters roll recorded about 6.8 million voters who were registered after nine phases of registration.

In 2014, the electoral process was marred by logistical challenges, especially in areas which were deemed as opposition strongholds. – Listen more on Justice Jane Ansah’s interview in Times Exclusive on Times TV this evening

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