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Protect voters from coronavirus—Mec

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Ibrahim Matola

The Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) has bemoaned political parties’ failure to observe coronavirus preventative measures in the June 29 2021 by-elections.

Last month, the electoral body conducted a parliamentary by-election in Nkhata Bay Central Constituency in Nkhata Bay District, Chikwembere Ward in Blantyre District and Lalanje Ward in Nsanje District.

Mec Commissioner Olivia Liwewe said, during a post-mortem of the elections in Dowa District, that political parties’ interests transcend politics, citing political parties’ responsibility to protect their followers from infections.

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“We need to protect our voters [from Covid], we need to discuss these issues because by-elections will continue happening,” Liwewe told representatives of political parties that participated in last month’s by-elections.

She further bemoaned low voter turnout.

“Let’s continue mobilising people for by-elections because some of the elections are won by very few votes, which, to a certain extent, may not be good for democracy,” she said.

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People’s Party secretary general Ibrahim Matola concurred with Liwewe, adding that this was an opportune time to address challenges that have been affecting elections in the country.

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