Malawi resumes voters’ roll verification exercise

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  is resuming the inspection of voters roll which was suspended few weeks ago as it has now worked on the inconsistencies that were discovered.

The inconsistencies included a mismatch of photos and names and missing of names in the voters roll.

Chief Election Officer Willies Kalonga said in a statement issued Friday  that during the inspection exercise, all registered voters are urged to go to the centres where they registered to inspect how their registration details are appearing in the voters’ roll.

Kalonga:  Resumes inspection of voters roll
Kalonga: Resumes inspection of voters roll

“Registered voters who lost their certificates should also go to the centres where they registered to get duplicate certificates which will enable them vote easily on May 20, 2014. The Commission is also urging the public to report deaths of their relatives so that they should be removed from the voters’ register.

“They should bring the voter certificate of the deceased and a death certificate, a letter from a traditional leader or religious leader as evidence.”

Kalonga says Commission will also process transfers for people who have moved away from the centres where they registered and they will be unable to go that centre on the polling day.

“These should go with their voter certificate to the centre where they wish to vote at and ask to be transferred to that centre. The voter inspection exercise will be conducted in phases to enable the Commission to place adequate teams in all wards with photographic equipment to attend to queries and issues that may arise.

“We are therefore informing all registered voters, political parties, civil society organisations and the general public that the first phase of the exercise will start from Wednesday, April 9 to Sunday, April 13, 2014 in these councils: Nsanje, Chikhwawa, Blantyre City, Blantyre District, Mwanza, Neno, Chiradzulu,  Phalombe,Thyolo, Luchenza 2, Zomba City and Zomba district.”

Kalonga says subsequent phases will be announced “shortly”.

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