Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says its staff have been trained to enforce physical distancing – a public health practice that aims to prevent spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) .
The electoral body is currently conducting voter registration in some districts across the country—Karonga, Chitipa, Salima , Dedza, Ntcheu, Blantyre, Chikwawa and Nsanje—starting from on Saturday, April 4 to April 17 2020.
MEC publicist Sangwani Mwafulirwa said MEC staff have been trained to enforce social distance – a recommended precautionary measure- hence no cause for worry.
But Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dan Namarika contended that there are over 5 000 people under surveillance who may easily come into contact with others during voter registration, thereby aggravating the situation.
Following the confirmation of a new infection, Malawi is among nine other African countries that have registered new Covid-19 cases as of on Saturday afternoon. Morocco had the highest number of new infections after authorities there confirmed 67 positive Covid-19 tests.
Namarika said government should priortise Covid-19 over elections, saying the right to life must reign supreme and that the on-going voters registration taking place in some parts of the country threatens efforts to contain the Covid-19 as such an exercise defies social distancing..
He also said he submitted a report to the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) where among other issues has expressed reservations with voter registration in preparation for the Constitutional Court ordered fresh presidential elections.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :