As the country prepares for start of registration of the first-ever Tripartite Elections on May 20 next year, the Malawi Electoral Commission has announced an extension to the deadline for submission of names for monitors and observers to Wednesday July 17, 2013.
In statement signed by Chief Elections Officer, Willie Kalonga, the Commission says this has been done after noting that most of the stakeholders had not provided names of their monitors and observers by the deadline of Wednesday, July 10, 2013.
Kalonga says in the statement that names of monitors should be submitted to the respective District Commissioners or Chief Executives of the councils where the monitors will be stationed while names of observers should be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the MEC head office in Blantyre.
This time around, the commission has also come out clear to explain to the stakeholders that they will be responsible for the welfare of their monitors.
“The Commission further reminds all political parties and civil society organizations that it is their responsibility to look into the welfare of their monitors and local observers,” reads part of the statement.
In the past the Commission has been locked in controversy with political parties as were claiming allowances from the Commission for placing their monitors.
The Commission also informs all stakeholders that will participate in monitoring of registration of voters that, for the purposes of registration, each institution shall be required to have one monitor at a centre at a given time.
Registration commences on July 22, 2013 in the whole districts of Mwanza, Neno, Nsanje and Chikhwawa an the following wards from Blantyre City; Blantyre City Central, Chilomoni, Mbayani, Michiru and South Lunzu.