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The National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has said it anticipates that voter apathy in today’s fresh presidential election will decrease as compared to the 2019 tripartite polls.

At least 5.1 million of the 6.8 million people who registered ahead of last year’s elections voted, representing 74.21 percent voter turnout.

In an interview Monday, Executive Director, Ollen Mwalubunju, stated that a lot of voters seem to be very interested in today’s election.

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“We are confident that we will reach more than the 74 percent. This is so because there has been a lot of interest for the election. Looking at the campaign period, parties and candidates were also providing a platform for civic education.

“The court process was also being aired live and it was being followed by a lot of people. So these are some of the motivating factors that would reduce voter apathy,” Mwalubunju said.

Mwalubunju added that his institution also conducted several exercises such as door- to-door campaigns through their 9,000 volunteers spread across the country.

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“We did a lot of loud hailing in all the constituencies. We also worked closely with Malawi Electoral Commission and we have been building from each other’s strength. We also worked with the media; we had jingles in all national and community radio stations. We also had night criers. So have confidence that all these will help encourage more people to vote,” he said.

Nice has deployed over 6,000 observers in collaboration with Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace and Public Affairs Committee across the country who will be giving out situation reports and results.

Just like in 2019, Nice has also established a situation room at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre, whose aim is to add value to the election by providing real-time information for intervention and tracking incidences for Mec and the police.

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