Mec K1 billion short

Demarcation exercise faces hiccup


By Deogratias Mmana:

Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec)’s ward and constituency demarcation exercise faces a shortfall of K1 billion, with the commission hoping that it would get the funds in the coming fiscal year.

Mec Chairperson Chifundo Kachale said this in Lilongwe Thursday, during a meeting with media managers on the review and determination of constituencies and ward boundaries.


“We are confident that there is a lot of political will in this exercise. We are not here to advocate anyone’s interest. If we are not funded, we shall say so,” said Kachale when asked about funds for the demarcation exercise.

He said Mec had, so far, received K500 million for the exercise from the government.

Mec is expected to finish the demarcation exercise next year and submit a report to Parliament by August for final consideration. Gazetting of the same is expected to be done by September 2022.


Using what it calls the national quotient formula for the demarcation process, each constituency is expected to have approximately 50,117 eligible voters.

“The commission will ensure that no local authority loses a seat. Where the application of the formula, as described above, has resulted in a reduced number of seats, the current number of constituencies in the local authority has been maintained,” Kachale said.

Kachale said Mec anticipated that no council would lose an existing constituency.

He, however, said, using the formula and other considerations as provided for in the statutes, some councils might gain constituencies.

Where a seat did not exist in a town or municipal authority and the formula gives a result of less than 0.5, a seat will be created and provided since each local authority is a recognised administrative boundary.

He said new boundaries would be drawn since the current ones were drawn without regard to constitutional provisions and could not hold, considering current demographics. These boundaries, he said, would be restricted to local authorities.

The national quotient has been formulated by dividing the total number of voters eligible to register by the current number of seats in the National Assembly. The number of voters has been based on the National Statistical Office Population and Housing Census projections at 9,672,513.

According to the Local Government Elections Act, the total number of wards in Blantyre and Lilongwe cities shall not exceed 30 each while Mzuzu City will not exceed 15. Zomba, Mangochi and Kasungu has 10 each.

For Luchenza, the number of wards shall not exceed eight while, in all other areas, the wards will not exceed two for each parliamentary constituency.

Malawi has 193 constituencies.

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