The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says a total of 2,273 voters have been registered for the first time during the registration exercise that took place from 4 to 8th September for the October 7 by-elections.
The Commission is expected to hold the by-elections in the country’s two constituencies and five wards.
The constituencies are Thyolo East which fell vacant after its parliamentary candidate Peter Mutharika won the seat of the president, and Blantyre North where its candidate died prior to the elections.
The wards are; Lisanjala in Machinga Likwenu Constituency, Kandeu in Ntcheu North East Constituency, Lifupa, in Kasungu West Constituency , Mbalachanda in Mzimba Central Constituency and Zgeba in Karonga-Nyungwe Constituency.
MEC says in a statement that this brings the total number of voters in the two constituencies and five wards to 177,843.
The breakdown according to each area is as follows:
Zgeba Ward, Karonga Nyungwe Constituency 9,576; Mbalachanda Ward Mzimba Central Constituency 18,484; Lifupa Ward, Kasungu West Constituency 24,153; Kandeu Ward, Ntcheu North East 18,7892 Constituency.
Lisanjala Ward, Machinga, Likwenu Constituency 13,120; Blantyre North Constituency 38,959; Thyolo East Constituency 54,762.