Govt releases K10bn for Malawi elections, MEC upbeat on progress:  Voting day may still be affected

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has confirmed that government through Minister of Finance Joseph Mwanamvekha  will give them K10 billion to help them manage the June 23 fresh presidential elections.

Kachale: Ready to deliver a credible election

Speaking during a late news briefing in Lilongwe on Thursday, MEC chairperson Dr  Chifundo Kachale said they are upbeat of delivering a credible fresh election.

“I can confirm from the meeting we had with parliament and government officials that, by Friday morning, we will have the money to help us manage the elections,” he said.

He said the Commission had an emergency meeting at Parliament, where committees for Budget and Finance, Legal Affairs and Public Accounts consulted with officials from the Ministry of Finance, Reserve Bank , Office of President and Cabinet on the funding for the forthcoming election.

Parliament gave MEC K29 billion but, so far, only about K20 billion has been released, a move Kachale is upbeat that elections will still go ahead as planned for June 23 which is next week Tuesday.

“I hope that those tasked with implementing the budget will provide the necessary funding to ensure the commission delivers a credible election,” said Kachale.

He was commenting on the K10 billion deficit the commission has before it can hold the fresh presidential election next week.

While the money is expected to reflect in MEC account on Friday, logistically there will be some challenges that will affect delivering a credible election on Tuesday and MEC is set to review the possibility of shifting the date.

Kachale further said the 193 pallets of ballot boxes will be arriving Friday morning and once in, processes of taking them to the polling centers will begin.

On transportation, MEC chief executive officer  Sam Alfandika briefed the nation, saying the situation has improved with the coming in of UNDP.

MEC confirmed the three  presidential candidates and their running mates.

The presidential candidates include Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika and his running mate Atupele Muluzi; Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presiden Lazarus Chakwera and his running mate Saulos Chilima as well as Mbakuwaku Movement for Development (MMD) president Peter Kuwani and his running mate Archibald Kalawang’oma.

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Political Analyst
Political Analyst
8 months ago

The positive and forward looking approach by Dr Kachale is what was lacking from the compromised and incompetent Dr Jane Ansah. Malawians of good thinking can now appreciate how retrogressive, helpless and hopeless president Peter Muthalika is who up to now does not want to acknowledge the incompetence of Dr Jane Ansah.

Shaaa
Shaaa
8 months ago

Why are you guys so obsessed about shifting the poling date? MEC has never said anything a about the possibility of shifting the date

Nkuzilire
Nkuzilire
8 months ago
Reply to  Shaaa

True brother, Nyasatimes is busy talking about shifting dates of which Dr Kachale dint mention. Forget about shifting the date brother.

Robateu
Robateu
8 months ago

Eish, we have to wait for UNDP for situation to improve, when one person can buy 40 metric tonnes of cement at 3 billion, what about his zealots… and its our money after all, Peter Arthur you will end up being the most unpopular president than Kamuzu, your idiots of advisors are just siphoning money from your govt, you can even ask yourself how money meant to corrupt the constitutional judges ended up in the hands of wrong person called BJ!

sazuza
sazuza
8 months ago

Kachale we have hope in you that you can deliver credible elections. Your langauge is full of sincerity and honestness. may the Lord guide. I cannot not see the hypocritic attitude that is in most commissioners like Moffat who pretended to be a xian but very hypocritic. Am happy that after reading your speeches , you are not like them so credible elections are possible in ur hands.

Again may the Lord guide you

El indio
El indio
8 months ago

That’s too much money to spend in few days, izi nde zitafunidwa osati masewela. MEC spending 2 billion kwacha per day, ndrama izi sizigwira ntchito moyenelela, izi tiyenda nazo kuma boot a galimoto. zidibwa ngati tomato

Mabvuto
Mabvuto
8 months ago
Reply to  El indio

Inu a El indio tizeru tanu nditating’ono ,moti simuziwa kuti katutundu wina a MEC amatenga pa ngongole ndichiye mbekezo choti Boma liwapatsa ndrama malingana ndikufunika kwa katunduyo ,koma u CADET winawu ndiomvetsa chisoni we call it Credit Facility my bro

Pumbwa
Pumbwa
8 months ago

However MEC has not mentioned about the possibility of shifting the voting, stop misleading people, cadet wopusa eti!

Nkuzilire
Nkuzilire
8 months ago
Reply to  Pumbwa

This reporter Mike Fingo is useless, MEC never mentioned about shifting the date.
Thats why l always doubt the credibility of nyasatimes. They write sponsored articles

Malawi belong to the citizens

Ndiye Chinavuta ndichiani Kupanga release at once with the first funds, the citizens shall govern the country remember that Dpp leaders.Ndikutha kuwona DPP yikutha after Munthalika is booted out.

Pumbwa
Pumbwa
8 months ago

Apumbwa aphedwe basi

enoch
8 months ago
Reply to  Pumbwa

aphedwe??kkkk,pakaipa chamwali

Jose
Jose
8 months ago

Zopusazi siyani ndalama apereka mawa chisankho chili pa 23 june

Galu #1
Galu #1
8 months ago

23 JUNE MALAWI IS VOTING!!!
Nyekhwe yafika!!!! Siku ya 40 yafika Alliance boma

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