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By Jameson Chauluka:

Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) has said all is set for Tuesday’s tripartite elections in which Malawians will choose president, members of Parliament and ward councillors.

Mec Media and Civic Education Committee Chairperson, Moffat Banda, said, as of Sunday, all polling materials were dispatched to even the remotest parts of the country.

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“As we are speaking, commissioners are in the field to find out if polling materials have indeed reached all the districts and centres. We made special arrangements to transport the polling materials to the hard-to- reach areas like Likoma, Zomba Chisi and Nsanje North,” he said.

Meanwhile, there was tight security in most polling stations Sunday when polling material pre-inspection exercise took place.

Mec on Saturday said that the polling material pre-inspection exercise would take place in all the registration centres from 9am on Sunday to ensure that all the centres have the right type and quantities of the polling materials.

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The Daily Times found heavy presence of security personnel at Kachere Primary School Polling Centre in Blantyre where the exercise took place and other centres such as Chichiri and Limbe Primary Schools where the exercise was expected to take place later in the day.

Mec officials were counting all the materials in presence of monitors from various political parties and independent candidates.

Kim Zulu, a monitor for an independent shadow Member of Parliament for Blantyre City Central Constituency, Themba Mkandawire, at Kachere Primary School Polling Centre said he was satisfied with the exercise.

“So far, so good. Everything is happening in a transparent manner. We have received the right materials but we are still counting to see if they are enough for the whole exercise,” he said.

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