The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says ballot papers for the October 7 by-elections are scheduled to arrive at Chileka International Airport as on October 1, at around 7.50am and will be taken to the MEC warehouse at its head office in Blantyre.
Meanwhile the Commission is inviting all stakeholders to witness the arrival of the ballot papers and the warehousing at the MEC head office.
“All stakeholders wishing to observe the process should submit the names of their representatives to Sangwani Mwafulirwa through phone 0999274304 or email [email protected] ,” says chief elections officer Willies Kalonga.
Kalonga says the distribution of the ballot papers to the districts will be conducted on 4th October.
The ballot papers were printed in South Africa by security printer, Renform with financial support of the UNDP.
In a related development the Commission is informing all media houses wishing to cover the polling process to submit names and pictures of their media personnel by 4pm on Thursday, October 2, 2014.
The Commission is expected to hold the by-elections in the country’s two constituencies and five wards.
The constituencies are Thyolo East which fell vacant after its parliamentary candidate Peter Mutharika won the seat of the president, and Blantyre North where its candidate died prior to the elections.
The wards are; Lisanjala in Machinga Likwenu Constituency, Kandeu in Ntcheu North East Constituency, Lifupa, in Kasungu West Constituency , Mbalachanda in Mzimba Central Constituency and Zgeba in Karonga-Nyungwe Constituency.