People in last minute rush for voter registration, others turned away

Pollster, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it is to release figures of how many people have registered in the just ended first phase of voter registration on Tuesday.

Voter registration in first phase has worried stakeholders as fewer people have registered as compared to those targetted

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said this after reports indicate that less than half of the targeted voters have registered for voting in Dedza.

Civil rights activists and the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) have sharply criticized MEC for the registration exercise in Kasungu, Dedza and Salima which they say was a great flop.

MEC disputes this.

Meanwhile, people in Kasungu were in last minute rush for registration, overwhelming the MEC staff.

Reports indicate that scores of people were turned away when they came for the registration after the closing hour at 4pm.

MEC officials official in Kasungu, Sydney Banda has confirmed the last minute rush for registration, saying some people were turned away at Chankhanga and Chithibi registration centres.

He could however not say how many people were turned away.

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DPP NI VINTHU YAYI NAPACHOKO POSE
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This is Government Tactics to pounce on MCP and opposition as a whole .

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Funny how the MEC chairperson always has some justification for everything. Milonde bye election violence- all parties brought people from Lilongwe and Blantyre to do Violence. In this Case- people are dissatisfied with elected leaders ,so she says.Then you have one Moffat Banda who people know as a DPP commentantor on MBCtv,Radio now the face of MEC.Where is Mwafurirwa the spokesperson. Let professionals handle PR.These are elections not a case in court.Public Perception matters.Sit down and analyse Figures first before coming up with careless statements.

mtete
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Listening to Mrs. Ansah and Mr. Moffat Banda it is clear MEC is going flat out campaigning for DPP. How can the two tell the nation that people are reluctant to register because they are not satisfied with the people they elected? We are talking about Kasungu, Dedza and Salima which are MCP strongholds. They are basically saying people in these areas should instead vote for DPP.

Rigging in progress!!

DOBO
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DOBO

To say the truth and to be honest of myself,am one of those who think that the National ID will be used for voting considering the fact that I got registered in 2015.I was thinking that MEC will simply intergrate that information with the National ID..MEC is not clear on the role to be played by NRB by bringing them on board..The problem with MEC is relying on radios to spread the information.This is not reliable means because they are very few people listening to radios in both rural and urban areas for various reasons of which is financial constraits.Who… Read more »

santana
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santana

It was the duty of Political gurus to encourage their supporters to go and register. MEC’s duty was to tell the people which dates are scheduled for a particular area. Not forcing them to register. Did you want MEC to go to every house hunting people to go and register? Blame Chakwera and his lieutenants for the flop not MEC. Why did you not use gulewamkulu to hunt the people?

MWENDATO
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MWENDATO

MALWIANS ARE TRENDING IN SUCH BEHAVOURS. HOW MANY TIMES SHOULD MALAWIAN BE CIVIL EDUCATED ENOUGH TO REGISTER. THE ISSUE OF REGISTERING FOR SIM CARDS, CHIPHASO CHA CITIZENSHIP ,ETC. A LOT OF TIMES AND RESOURCES WAS SPENT @ PARLIAMENT DISCUSSING SIM CARD REGISTRATION AND THIS TIME YOU WANT MEC TO SPEND MORE TIMES AND RESOURCES AND DERAILI NG ITS PROGRAMM. BASI SIILINDA MUNTHU. ALL RADIO STATION, CHURCHES, FUNERALS, ALL VILLAGE MEETINGS, ALL POSTERS THAT WERE PUT UP IN KU,SA AND DZ.. MAKAMAKA WHAT DO PEOPLE WANT. IF YOU ASK MOBILE COMPANIES NOW HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE REGISTERED NDI MBOLA. YET SO… Read more »

Maunits
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Maunits

This is very bad for MEC to return back people without registration. We need them to register please ensure that they register else will get injunctions. If you planned to rig elections by manipulating registrations in central region. This is very bad and immediately we ask you to extend the registration in these two districts.

Cognitive DIssonance Theory
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Cognitive DIssonance Theory

We should put capable people to run MEC not just because they are justices of the high court or because of gender etc. People have always expressed reservation on the current chair of MEC about her capability to run a free and fair election. Already she demonstrated her partisanship when she did not act on the complaints about violence in the byelections in Mulanje. And now she is presiding over a failed voter registration and she seems to be very rigid that she cannot see the reality on the ground.

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