MEC poll K8bn deficit worries outgoing commissioner

Outgoing Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioner has expressed worry that the commissioners are leaving behind a K8 billion deficit for the elections when their term of office expires on Friday.

Moffat Banda will need that money

Commissioner Moffat Banda said this on Thursday in Blantyre when he opened a workshop.

The election budget has been revised to K42 million to cover for covid-19 expenses.

“Donors pledged this money but later pulled out. MEC will need the K8 billion to hold the election effectively and efficiently,” he said.

Spokesperson for Treasury Williams Banda said the government is struggling to raise revenue due to Covid-19 .

However, he said the money would be raised and given to MEC just on time before the election.

Political commentators have expressed doubt that the poll would be held on June 23 as president Peter Mutharika is yet to hire new commissioners for the MEC and the pollster is yet to identify a printer for ballot papers.

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Margaret Mukhoviwa
Margaret Mukhoviwa
5 months ago

Give way for an NGC after the 150 days expiry and postpone elections to a date befitting the resources… the NGC should be inclusive so that no party claims ruling status, this would help monopolising the election by the ruling party

Adam, the wise man
Adam, the wise man
5 months ago

Holding quick election is not an easy task. It cost lots of money and where will this come from, honorable justices? Common sense and the spirit of God must be in all of us. I am worry.

Robateu
Robateu
5 months ago

1.7 billion + 500, 000 USD Bakili Muluzi; Police Ration 5 billion, Adad/ polofesa 145 million zikwana!!!!!!

President Chisokonezo
President Chisokonezo
5 months ago

Go away, you are not wanted

Comrade G
Comrade G
5 months ago

But you fools had enough to hire South African Lawyers and still lost the case? Loooooorrrrrrddddd help us.

Test
Test
5 months ago

Paja tinati ma observers were useless so it is indeed foolish for us to expect them to fund this.

Chipwaza
Chipwaza
5 months ago

go away!!!

Shatta
Shatta
5 months ago

Deliberate tactics to delay the elections by the buffoon APM.

AY
AY
5 months ago
Reply to  Shatta

He said he will win with 50+20 I wonder why he’s then scared

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