Students and staff members at Mzuzu University (Mzuni) will like their colleagues at other constituent colleges of the University of Malawi (Unima) register in the ongoing Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) voter registration exercise, in readiness for the 2014 tripartite elections, on campus.
Both MEC and Mzuni Student Union (MUSU) president Nyozomo Gondwe confirmed the development in an interview with Nyasa Times , saying the on-campus registration exercise will commence Thursday on 12th December, 2013 to Monday 16th December, 2013.
“As an executive we wanted to make sure that our students have a more convenient place to register considering the fact that this is examination time,” said Gondwe.
He added: “I would like to commend MEC for this and would in return want to take this opportunity to ask my fellow students to register in huge numbers.”
According to Gondwe, it would have been very difficult for 3 000 students – the current number of students at Mzuni – to register with the rest of the surrounding community at the nearest centre, St. Augustine Primary School.
“If MEC insisted on clinging to the initial plan, we would have taken a lot of time to complete the registration,” he said.
MEC is currently in its ninth phase of the voter registration exercise currently in progress in Nkhotakota and Salima districts, Mzuzu City, Mzimba South, Mzimba Solola, Kasungu North, Kasungu North-West, Kasungu South and Kasungu South-East constituencies.
During this phase, the Commission also opened satellite registration centres from 5th to 10th December 2013 The polytechnic in Blantyre, College of Medicine in Blantyre, Kamuzu College of Nursing (Blantyre and Lilongwe campuses). Chancellor College in Zomba, St. Peter’s Major Seminary in Zomba and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources-LUANAR (Bunda College).
Students of Kasungu Teachers Training College in Kasungu were also registered from 2nd December to 4th December, 2013.