The Malawi Electoral Commission has disclosed that more women than men have registered in the fourth phase of the voter registration exercise ahead of the next year’s tripartite elections.
According to a statement issued Tuesday, the exercise – conducted in Zomba District, Zomba City, Machinga District and Phalombe Central & North Constituencies – saw 498 772 women registering against 392 530 men.
“Of the total registered voters in fourth phase, 392,530 are men representing 44.04 percent while 498,772 are women representing 55.96 percent,” the statement, signed by chief elections officer Willie Kalonga, said.
MEC has said despite experiencing some logistical challenges, the fourth phase of the voter registration exercise was a success and registered 891 302 voters against 796 005 who were registered in 2010 in the same areas.
“The Commission experienced logistical challenges on deployment of staff on the first day in Machinga to the extent that some areas did not operate on the first day,” the statement added.
During this phase, the Commission received new equipment purchased by the Development Partners under the basket fund arrangement which is coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the statement explained.
“This enabled the commission to deploy 673 teams in the phase against 464 in the third and earlier phases.”
Meanwhile MEC has announced that the fifth phase – which will end on October 11, 2013 – is in progress in Mangochi Town Council, Mangochi and Ntcheu districts, Dedza South, Dedza North and Dedza East constituencies.