MEC persuade Malawians in diaspora to come and register to vote in 2019 polls

Pollster, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is appealing to Malawians in diaspora to come and register if they are to vote in next year’s highly contested general election.

Rev Baloyi (right) asks Malawi citizens abroad to come and register to vote

MEC commissioner Clifford Baloyi said this in Blantyre on Wednesday as he kicked off the fourth phase of voter registration in Blantyre, Mwanza, Thyolo and Mulanje which started on Thursday.

Baloyi said the present laws do not allow MEC to conduct voting in foreign countries.

“This is why we are appealing to Malawians in diaspora to come back home now and register so that they should be able to vote during the general election in 2019,” he said.

He said MEC has polished up problems experienced during the first phases, saying the south and the north would not face the same teething problems.

Baloyi however asked political parties to take interest in the voter registration exercise, saying they needed to send party monitors at every registration centre.

“The monitors will tell us where we are doing good or where we are going wrong,” said Baloyi.

The 2019 general election is seen as highly contested because of the coming in of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) which has broken the political taboo of parties having bases on tribal or regional lines.

The UTM has massive support from the south hitherto deemed the bedrock of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party as well as the centre seen as the base for the Malawi Congress Party.

The movement currently enjoys unlimited support from the north.

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LEGO
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This MEC is joke also,people are asking you to go back to those Districts that had a low turnout of voters registration but you are busy calling people from abroad to come and register.

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
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MEC please be realistic. You seem to still be in the dark age. You mean you can’t introduce electronic voting but expecting people to buy air tickets to come to Malawi just to vote? Do you realize that some of the people are living abroad illegally? Are you wishing them well or bad? Will the election offer them jobs if they are not able to return wherever they live? I wonder if what you said came from you.

Cognitive Dissonance Theory
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Cognitive Dissonance Theory

why can’t they register at embassies and cast their votes there?

Fact
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Fact

MEC you are not serious.That could have been said before the registration exercise begun.

Wiseman
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Wiseman

Akabwera enawa sazatha kubweleransotu, asiyini azingotokota mma social media coz enewa even money ya air ticket / bus fare alibe. Akugwira njerwa zamoto komwe aliko.

Cognitive Dissonance Theory
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Cognitive Dissonance Theory

At least they earn a living by working not stealing and living on bribes and corruption.

Wiseman
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Wiseman

How sure are you that some of them are not involved in stealing and corruption, even yourself you are corrupt. Supanga madulira ku Road traffic to get COF ngati uli ndi galimoto.

kaitano
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kaitano

Hahahahaha, bola kukhala kapolo dziko laweni kusiyana ndikukhala kapolo kwanu komwe. zikavuta uthawira kuti poti kwavuta ndi kwanu komwe?

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