Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera has called on researchers in the country to institute a research on the causes of voter apathy during by-elections.
The call follows an average of 12.12 to 40.87 percent of voters who casted their votes during the just ended October 7 by-elections which was marred by poor turn out.
Speaking in Blantyre on Wednesday after declaring results of the by-elections Justice Mbendera described the situation as phenomenon in the country’s elections history.
“Ever since we have been having by-elections in the country the turnout of voters during the polling compared to the number of registered voters has been always discouraging,” observed Mbendera.
“Despite the commission mounting extensive civic and voter education in by-election areas it’s very disappointing that voter turnout has been always poor, it’s now time we ask our colleagues in the academy or research institutions to conduct a research on the causes of voter apathy in the country,” added Mbendera.
Recently one of the country’s political analyst Dr Augustine Magolowondo blamed MEC for the low turnout of voters during the just ended by-elections.
Magolowondo said the commission failed to mount extensive civic and voter education prior to the by-elections a situation he described as unfortunate.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :