The Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) has put in place strict security measures for the forthcoming by-elections expected to be held early next month.
Mec is, on November 1, expected to conduct by-elections in Mchinji West Constituency, Kaliyeka Ward in Lilongwe City South East Constituency, Sadzi Ward in Zomba Central Constituency, Bunda Ward in Kasungu Central Constituency and Bembeke Ward in Dedza South Constituency.
Among the measures Mec says there will be no transfers of voters and those who failed to register in the previous elections because of various reasons but they had already reached the age of 18 years or above at that time are not allowed to register to vote.
Speaking yesterday at the launch of by-election in Kaliyeka Ward, Commissioner Linda Kunje said registration of voters and verification exercise would be held from October 12 to October 16.
Kunje asked eligible voters to verify their names and those who have reached 18 years or those who will reach 18 years by November 1, 2016 are asked to go and register so that they will be able to vote.
“Everyone is supposed to register once. It’s a crime to register twice, if found, he or she will be jailed for two years or pay a fine of K500, 000,” she said.
She said the official campaign will start from October, 20 and will end at October 30 2016.
Presentation of nomination papers will be held on October 17.
Candidates who want to contest are allowed to have two monitors and on the polling day and have been asked, submit the names of those monitors before October 26.
Chief Executive Officer of Lilongwe City Council, Moza Zeleza, said there are prepared to ensure that these elections are conducted smoothly.
He said his office would make sure that there are no clashes in terms of venue of political rallies.
“We are very systematic in the way we handle elections. I do not see that we will have problems this time around, we would do everything possible to promote efficiency and smoothness in all parties and to allow them to campaign freely,” he said
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