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Mec sets rules for election monitors

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Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Wednesday announced that only contesting political parties in the fresh presidential election will be allowed to place two monitors per polling station.

This means that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Mbakuwaku Movement for Development are the only political parties that will be allowed to place monitors during the poll.

In the new guidelines, Mec has advised alliance partners United Democratic Front (UDF) and UTM, to field their party representatives through the parties sponsoring the candidates.

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“Even the party representatives coming from the alliance partners will be accredited under the name of the political party of the candidate. Every contesting political party shall be allowed to place up to two representatives per polling station (formerly called stream), who shall alternate,” read the guidelines.

The guidelines further state that the contesting political parties will be allowed up to four supervisory party representatives for each constituency.

Mec also says every contesting political party shall be allowed to place two monitors for each constituency at the district tally centre while they will be allowed up to 10 monitors at the main tally centre.

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Meanwhile, in a separate interview commissioner Clifford Baloyi said the electoral body has learnt from its mistakes and would like to mend them. He further asked election stakeholders to be cooperative in the process.

Baloyi made the remarks Wednesday during a training of master trainers from the Northern Region in Mzuzu City.

He also disclosed that Mec will conduct awareness on Covid-19 and how to observe precautionary measures such as social distancing on polling day.

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