Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Chairperson Chifundo Kachale has said the commission will today meet the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 to seek guidance on whether the commission should start demarcating constituencies and wards.
Speaking during the opening of a workshop on the same in Lilongwe Wednesday, Kachale said the nation is waiting for the exercise as during stakeholder meetings that the commission has been holding, the issue was coming out frequently.
“We are meeting the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 to get their input on whether it is feasible to commence this process or we need to wait for an appropriate time. The nation is eagerly waiting for this demarcation exercise,” Kachale said.
Prior to the 2019 tripartite election, Mec failed to conduct a demarcation exercise because there was no credible source of data for eligible voters to enable it come up with credible output.
Kachale also urged Mec Commissioners to pay attention to the decisions they would make so that they should be technically defended and legally supported.
“The commission needs to be well grounded in the law and scientific procedures used in arriving at its decisions so that they can easily be justified and acceptable to all stakeholders in the country,” he said.
For a long time, legislators and councillors have been expressing worry over demarcation of constituencies with others arguing that some constituencies are bigger than others which they said affects development agendas.
The electoral body has said it will consult all stakeholders involved including political parties, traditional leaders, government officials, Parliament, civil society organisations and the general public.
Malawi has 193 constituencies.