Blantyre registers lowest voters so far, says Malawi Electoral Commission

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansahhas disclosed that Blantyre district has registered lowest figures in voter registration in readiness for the May 2019 tripartite elections.

Justice Ansah: At the moment Blantyre, Kasungu and Ntcheu districts have failed to reach the 81 percent average for the four phases

The development follows earlier reports that district has developed strategies to ensure a record high turnout of people during the exercise.

Speaking at a National Elections Consultative Forum (NECOF) meeting in Blantyre on Friday , Ansah revealed  that the district has only registered over 498 thousand eligible voters representing 73 percent of the projected figures.

Ansah said the commission is pleased with the progress of voter registration despite MEC failing to register 100 percent of projection figures in the exercise.

‘’As we are midway through the voter registration we have observed  an improvement to the exercise with some districts recording a high turnout and as a Commission we will continue analyzing the results as they come and at the end  of the exercise we will come up with decision on the districts which have recorded lowest figures’’ Said Ansah.

Commenting on the development Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Director of Elections Ben Phiri, said political parties should take the blame for failing to woo the masses to go and register enmasse in Blantyre and other districts which have registered low turnout.

He said: ”It will be unfair for people to accuse the Electoral Commission for the low turnout that the voter registration exercise is facing; it is the responsibility of all major stakeholders in the electoral process to step up their efforts in encouraging eligible voters to take part in the exercise.”

Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) Chairperson Steven Duwa said the organization is surprised with the lowest voter registration figures in Blantyre despite the district being covered in the fourth phase of the exercise.

MEC has completed four phases so far and about over 3.7 million people have registered as voters, representing 81 percent of the projected figure of 4.6 million. Chikwawa, which has registered 244 862, is the highest representing 94 percent of the projected figure.

“The Commission has looked at the statistics and they are starting to show a general trend of a uniform pattern for the outcome. Blantyre has lowest percent of 73 registered voters against the 2018 projection followed by Kasungu which registered 74 percent. We also have Ntcheu district at 78 percent against the 2018 projections.

“Chikwawa has the highest at 94 percent and it is the only district that has surpassed 2014 figures.”

Members  have since expressed concern that there is an increase in violence and use of foul language ahead of the 2019 elections raising fears that the elections would be characterised by the violence.

 

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Mtimba Sonjo
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MEC do not confuse us. Why can’t you give us the figure of those who registered against the expected number.
%atage confuses us when you don’t show numerator and denominator. You might be cooking up figures for KU and BT.

Nalingula
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Nalingula

MEC just Correct the 68 % for Kasungu on your Website and put the 74 % it seems Projections keep changing OR the number of Registered Voters for Kasungu has Changed.Otherwise you are Confusing some of Us who love Numbers!!

Nalingula
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Nalingula

MEC don’t Try to Twist Numbers and complicate things.Kasungu registered Only 68.2 % comparing those who have Registered now against 2014.And that is on your Website!!Blantyre has registered 498 against 588 in 2014 this Represents 84.6%.Your Projections are Wrong just compare against how many people Registered in 2014!!Masamu ndiovuta?

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

We have voter apathy amongst the youths who represent 60% of the voters. The only language that the youths of today is instant gratification therefore critical that MEC start to be creative in their quest to attract young voters. I still would suggest that MEC think of how the youths could be incentivized to register to vote and vote in May. Think of awarding airtime or data on those under 35 years old and voted or pay their school fees for a term or two. In these times MEC has to be creative and be relevant in the era of… Read more »

Tizanka
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Tizanka

Being paid to vote? It can’t get any bizarre than this kkkkkkk

Nahatobo
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Nahatobo

MEC you are not helping Malawians. When Chakwera said there is low turn out in central region and there is need to either extend registration period or come to register again after u intensify sensitizatiin meetings You said no zadusapo basi….Now you have seen lowest turn round in bt and u say u are going to revisit. kuyamba kufuna kudzalembanso….. eeeeeish u will coz civil strife

Wiseman
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Wiseman

So who will drag MEC to court for the Bt low registered numbers? Since other people are suing MEC for Central region.

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