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Mec U-turns on National Registration Bureau in voter registration

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SANGWANI MWAFULIRWA

Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) has rescinded its earlier decision of not using National Registration Bureau (NRB) teams in voter registration centres for the forthcoming fresh presidential election.

Mec spokesperson, Sangwani Mwafulirwa, said the commission and NRB have now decided to place one NRB team in each ward where Phase One of the exercise is underway.

During the May 21 2019 tripartite elections, Mec voter registration and NRB teams were available at all centres such that Malawians who did not have national identity cards (IDs) were passing through the NRB desk before registering into the voters roll.

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However, Mec decided against the idea in the ongoing voter registration exercise, but some electoral stakeholders were of the view that NRB teams placed at the centres would help facilitate voter registration for people who do not have the IDs.

Mwafulirwa, confirming the commission’s U-turn, said people who wish to register as voters but do not have the ID are required to visit the centres which are processing the registration.

“I can confirm that Mec, in conjunction with NRB, has identified one strategic centre in each ward in all the councils that are covered in the first phase such that all people that are willing to register to vote in the forthcoming presidential election but do not have national IDs must visit these centres before registering with Mec in centres of their choice,” Mwafulirwa said.

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He said voter registration will be done using the NRB registration slip.

The first phase of the voter registration exercise is being conducted in Chikwawa, Nsanje, Blantyre, Ntcheu, Salima, Dedza, Karonga and Chitipa districts from April 4 to 17.

Mec is holding the fresh presidential poll following a Constitutional Court order which nullified the May 21 presidential election results over “widespread and systematic irregularities”.

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