MEC goes biometric registration for 2019 Malawi elections

Pollster, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is assuring Malawians of trouble free 2019 elections, hinting registration will be biometric as people will have national IDs provided by the National Registration Bureau.

Malawi Electoral Commission

Tembo: Biometric

Nancy Tembo, MEC commissioner said Friday in Blantyre during a stakeholders meeting that the commission will be calling for a national conference in December to tackle all election challenges.

“In February, the National Registration Bureau will be piloting the exercise. The whole national ID project will be rolled out in 2017, giving us enough time to make preparations,” she said.

Tembo said MEC will buy machines that will easily capture details from national IDs that include the contentious nationality and age.

She said the process will also cut down the budget for elections as fewer staff than ever before will e hired for the registration exercise.

Tembo also said a taskforce that has been formed to look into electoral issues will also tackle proposals from Malawi Congress Party(MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera’s proposed legislation of 50-plus-one election victory for a President.

President Peter Mutharika amassed 39 per cent of the six million vote in the 2014 poll that put Chakwera on second position having missed Kamuzu Palace with just a 600000 plus vote to Mutharika.

UDF spokesman Ken Ndanga hailed the meeting saying MEC and other poll stakeholders should always engage in discussion to improve the way elections are managed in the country.

Ndanga said there is room for improvement on the way elections are conducted.

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25 thoughts on “MEC goes biometric registration for 2019 Malawi elections”

  1. mwachaje says:

    Do not just throw unsubstantiated accusations about individuals. Go to the ACB with your claims if you have evidence that Mbendera received dollars to rig elections. Don’t forget to tell the ACB about how the other commissioners received money from your mother’s PP.
    By the way Resinati,many individuals in Malawi do have investments and they do receive Dollars,ask people who have properties in LL and BT they will tell you.

  2. Resinate says:

    Mbendera should be sacked first before anyone can vote, every Malawian should boycott from voting because the last election was rigged because Mbendera received thousands of dollars from DPP.

  3. Charombanthu says:

    This project (national IDs) is overdue and we know that those in power are always deliberately dilly dallying because it will ensure that the elections are not rigged in any way. Tisamvenso kuti mwalephera kupanga implement. We are anxiously looking forward to it.

  4. UNECA says:

    Kuluza kapena kuwina kwa peter kwa ine ziribe phindu ndikuvutika ndi njala ndekha posakhala boma kutichitira pragram yoti chimanga chitsike.

  5. mwachaje says:

    A Khuluvi, yambani inuyo kutukwana a Mbendera ndi a Kalonga malingana kuti enaake akutumani kuti muziwatukwana. Mukatha kutukwana mutiuza.

    A Peter27 ngati mpakana lero mukuganiza kuti munaluza chifukwa cha munthu mmodzi ndinu omvetsa chisoni zedi. Afunseni ma commissioner anu munadzadzitsa ku MEC aja akuuzeni chilungamo chenicheni mmalo momangokunamizani.

    Mukutayatu nthawi.yambani kukonzekera 2019.apo bii muzizalilanso ndi kutukwana chimodzi-modzi.
    Kuwina amawina pa ground osati kungoganizira mmutu mwanu. It’s all about numbers, Afunseni a statics akuthandizeni.

  6. kapenandiye says:

    That the way to go. To slence mcp forever. With bio they will not have any excuse about election rigging. Elections are about numbers. Mcp can not surpas dpp in numbers. Thats why they want to combine with pp in 2019. Wait there is somethin in the number 9 remember 2009 MCP And UDF combined the results shameful. If u want to be shamed to ur bones do it in 2019.

  7. Captain Mediocrity says:

    @ Khuluvi-Nde muziwatukwana for what exactly??? You know this is based on reforms by stakeholders including all the political parties so I do not understand what Mbendera or Kalonga have to do with this. The person representing MEC is a known MCP supporter, her husband is related to JZU, so this isn’t about rigging or what have you, this is about ways of improving the process, among them costs, which the commissioner has alluded to in the article. Kodi why must everything be based on individuals????

  8. ntata says:

    This project requires skills..its unfortunate you have failed to give Malawians an opportunity to run this initiative and yet it is the same Malawians who work behind the scenes in the countries you have hired those expertriates

  9. botomani says:

    Rigging plans are in shambles with this plan. But I expect resistance from certain quarters.

  10. Peter27 says:

    I don’t give a $&@” how or what the elections will be like in 2019. There must be a total overhaul at MEC first, then and only then should you start introducing all these little crowd pleaser tricks. You don’t trick a wound by just covering it!
    Fire all the bastards at MEC first!!!

  11. baby says:


  12. Kenkkk says:

    And votes should be counted at constituency level as is done in every advanced democracies In the world. This will also cut transport costs, save unnecessary waste of taxpayers money and prevent ballot boxes being lost or dumped on the way to Blantyre centre, some even being burned.

    So please mec introduce that so that results are seen to be fair. Laz already suggested that as one way of restoring the dented credibility of mec.

    I know your proposals will soon be set aside by dpp thugs as they would not want their thieving election methods blocked.

  13. Luton says:

    Sought the mess at MEC kaye. Clear the reputation of your organisation which currently is tarnished by theft and fraud. I personally have heard a lot about MEC scandals relating to finance. Self enrichment. Whether these are true or not is another thing. But the fact is you credibility as a body conducting elections in Malawi has been tarnished. Clear it first and get rid of the bad apples. As of now I can trust MEC

  14. ine says:

    tateroni mwina mbavazi zidzasowe njira zobelera zisankho. chakwera 2019 boma!

  15. levelheaded says:

    Koma Nancy ndiwe okongola.

  16. Khuluvi says:

    Tiyenitu tiyambenso kumutukwana Mbendera Ndi Kalonga . Bwanji tikuchedwa?
    Biometric ndi machine obera mavoti . Congeresi isalole . Ma monitor amangogona pakakhala biometrics

  17. Joe mchemwa wa Kalunji says:

    The problem we have in Malawi is that we talk too much but perform dismally on implementatuon. MEC talked of electronic transmission of results in the 2014 tripartite elections. Did it come to pass? 2014 FISP was touted to use biometric system. Did it come to pass? The natuonal IDC project has religiously been shifting dates for roll out. Whar makes you so upbeat that it will work out this time?

  18. Okay? says:

    Be at peace, in 2019, we shall give Chakwera a remarkable gap not this 600000. You know what PP did in the South especially from those districts deemed DPP strongholds. The poll staff were closing so early, their cameras half working and when time to close came, they were fast to close. In 2019, we in DPP will first of all let you elect your leader of opposition thereafter we will give you more than waht MCP wants. It will be well over a 50+1. it will be landslide. We won’t miss on this one since it will be the last nail on somebody’s political coffin. He knows himself that’s why he has come out of his cocoon and started showing his worst colours, not befitting a former man of God.

  19. ndata says:

    It is my prayer that this will take away the machinations of electoral rigging which has for several times put Undeserved idiots in state houses especially in Africa.

  20. zandile says:

    Issuing of IDs should start next year, not 2017. It will be late.

  21. Clement says:

    Whatever biometric registration or not nothing changes and mcp must be reminded that they lost with more than half million and the figure could have been bigger had it udf and pp plus chipani cha pfuko didn’t contest. Come 2019 we will silence mcp just wait………loading

  22. Hule wa pababa says:

    Mayi anakongola uyu. keep it Nancy.mwaaaa!!!!

  23. Khanenda says:

    Tembo are you related to John Tembo?

  24. mpungwani says:

    Mcp siingawine

  25. bravo mec koms a spm mwafunsa kuti bio ya fisp ikuyends boo?

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