By Wezzie Gausi
Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Chairperson Judge Chifundo Kachale has said the electoral body had been receiving many complaints since the constituency re-demarcation exercise was launched.
He said this in Lilongwe Wednesday, when he courted stakeholders that included local leaders, members of Parliament and councillors.
Mec embarked on the exercise in 2021, resulting in the creation of 35 new constituencies.
Kachale said the commission would stop receiving queries on the constituency re-demarcation exercise on May 15 this year.
“We have had issues where community members are not satisfied with names that were given to some constituencies, demarcation boundaries that are not clearly marked and many other issues.
“We, as a commission, are saying that community members should sit down and bring out solutions and suggestions so that the commission can look into them,” Kachale said.
Senior Chief Chadza of Lilongwe welcomed the development, saying there were problems that had to be addressed before the demarcated constituencies are adopted.
“This is what is supposed to happen when such exercises are happening. We, as community members, want to participate in the process and be heard for us to own the whole process.
“We are ready to work within the deadline but Mec should not just receive our suggestions and shelve them,” Chadza said.
According to Mec, the 2021 constituency boundary re-demarcation exercise is the first comprehensive constituency boundary review since 1998.