As the preparation for the October 7 by election comes to an end, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has assured people of Malawi that the by-elections would be free, fair and credible.
This comes following a training for MEC staff and also all stakeholders who are to be part and parcel in this coming by elections in the seven districts in the country.
Speaking after the end of a three day training for Quality Control Managers (QCM), Clerks, Presiding officers and also assistant Presiding officers in Mbalachanda recently, MEC Commissioner Rev. Mezuwa Banda said these elections are to be taken serious so as not to disappoint people.
“Polling is another crucial area when it comes to assessing whether elections were free, fair and credible thus the need for big preparations to avoid messing up the whole process” he said
Banda further said the commission has registered successes during the whole process of Re registering, and Verification hence there is need to administer the polling exercise with seriousness to avoid a public outcry once it is messed up.
“I urge all the participants to cooperate with the commission to make sure that the whole process goes smoothly because any irregularity faced during polling can blot all the successes registered by the commission so far,” Banda said.
However the Commissioner was also quick to warn all the staff to be neutral and non-partisan during this period so as not to be blamed by the candidates once they fail to make it as a councillor for the ward.
One of the participants in the training Bosco Shaba said he is optimistic to work with the commission in this by elections to make it free and fair to all the participating candidates.
Shaba further urged his fellow MEC staff to dedicate themselves to their job so that they save the name of the Electoral body by making this by elections a success.
Malawi Electoral Commission is expected to conduct by elections for Member of Parliament in Thyolo East and Blantyre North constituencies and Local Government in Machinga Lisanjala ward, Mzimba Mbalachanda ward, Ntcheu North East Kandeu ward, Kasungu Lifupa ward and Karonga Nyungwe Zgeba ward respectively.