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Voter registration staff pressure Mec over dues

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By Yohane Symon:

Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) is yet to pay allowances for voter registration supervisors who were engaged in phase six of the voter registration exercise conducted in Mangochi District.

Mec employed 261 head teachers to supervise the registration exercise alongside police officers, technicians and clerks.

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But three weeks after completion of the exercise, registration supervisors have complained that Mec is not coming out clear as to when they would get paid despite that the commission paid other staff members who were involved in the exercise.

“Mec has been shifting dates for paying our dues. Colleagues such as police officers received their money but we are surprised that Mec is not giving us our money despite reminding them several times,” one of the supervisors who sought anonymity said.

Each supervisor is supposed to receive K65,000 for the work.

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Mec Director of Media and Communications, Sangwani Mwafulirwa, confirmed that the commission is yet to pay the supervisors.

He said the delay was because the cheque of payment to supervisors was referred-to-drawer.

“So far, what I have [been] told is that the payments have been processed and the supervisors will get them in the course of this week or early next week,” Mwafulirwa said.

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