The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) temporary staff for the May 20 Tripartite Elections should brace for hard times with the payment for June salaries to delay further.
MEC said in a statement that the delay was caused by the Treasury which is yet to release funding for salaries of the temporary staff.
“The Commission processed in early June, 2014 the vouchers for payment of salaries for all temporary staff which include District Elections Coordinators, Constituency Returning Officers, Drivers, ICT Data Entry Clerks, Stringers, Constituency Civic and Voter Education Assistants and Warehouse Clerks but funding has not been honoured up to this date,” said the statement signed by Chief Elections Officer, Willie Kalonga.
However the temporary staff were paid salaries for July up to their last day of engagement of July 11.
MEC has since appealed to the affected staff to be patient as the Treasury and Accountant General are processing the funding for the salaries.
“The general public is assured that it is in the interest of the Commission to pay the temporary staff as soon as possible for the services they rendered and this matter is being treated as a high priority,” MEC states.
The electoral body also said the delay would not affect those who worked on the polling day because their honorarium is being paid from the donor basket funding that is managed by UNDP.
Most of the temporary staff affected were teachers who have petitioned MEC officials for the delay.
The electoral body had been playing games with the temporary staff for the elections as it claimed that the delay had been caused by the provision of the incorrect bank details they presented.