Malawi Electoral Commission phase six registration hits 5 million

The total number of registered voters for all the six phases so far now stands at 4,873,431 prospective voters, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has announced.

Phase six of voter registration took place in Lilongwe City, Chitipa and Dowa districts, Mchinji South and Southwest constituencies and Dedza West, Central, Central East, Southwest and Northwest constituencies.

“Some centres in Chitipa and Dowa failed to open for a whole day or two and they were given an automatic extension at the end of the phase equivalent to the period they were non-operational. This was done to fulfil the law which demands that a centre should be open for 14 days,” MEC Chief Elections Officer Willie Kalonga said in a statement on Wednesday.

The sixth phase registered 1,113,829 voters representing 100.25 percent of the projected number for the phase which was 1,111,070 registrants.

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Meanwhile the seventh phase of the voter registration exercise is in progress in Lilongwe, Likoma and Nkhata Bay district councils and Mzimba South-East constituency and Mchinji North, East, West and Northeast constituencies.

“Of the total registered voters in the sixth phase 542,265 are men representing 48.68 percent while 571,564 are women representing 51.32 percent,” Kalonga said.

However, MEC urged stakeholders to exercise caution with the statistics saying they are based on preliminary information captured during field operations and might change during computerization exercises.–MEC Stringer

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