Mec announces 2nd registration phase

ENDED PREMATURELY—Registration was disrupted in Blantyre

Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) has announced that it will start the second phase of voter registration and verification on Monday, April 26, 2020.

The electoral body’s Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika, says the phase will run for 14 days from Monday 27 April to 10 May this year.

According to a press release signed by Alfandika, the second phase will be conducted in eight councils across the country, namely; Rumphi, Likoma, Dowa, Lilongwe District and Lilongwe City, Luchenza Municipality, Phalombe, Mulanje as well as Thyolo.


“The Commission is aware that phase one ended prematurely and will revisit the councils covered after the last phases of voter registration to ensure that all registration centres have run for the minimum statutory period of 14 days,” reads the statement in part.

Meanwhile, Mec spokesperson, Sangwani Mwafulirwa, has urged the public to go and register, indicating that if they miss registration during the 14-day period, there will be no extension.

“If they miss the registration time there will never be another opportunity,” he said.


Mwafulirwa says this is also an opportunity for all those who lost their voter certificates to go to the centres and get a replacement as well as do transfers.

Voter registration was interrupted in Blantyre on 14 April after suspected thugs vandalized Mec kits in several centres, including in Chirimba and Ndirande townships.

Malawi is expected to hold fresh presidential polls on July 2 after the Constitution court nullified the 2019 presidential in February elections results due to irregularities.

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