The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says the registration of voters for the August 25, 2015 by-election will continue despite the Eid Ul Fitr holiday on Monday.
MEC spokesperson, Sangwani Mwafulirwa while wishing the Muslim community a happy celebration, encouraged eligible persons to take advantage of the holiday to patronize registration centres.
“This is an advantage for people who find it difficult to go for verification or registration during work time because of their schedules. Not all people are going for the celebrations, so for those ones we encourage them to ensure that they register or verify their details if they are living in wards where the by-elections will take place,” he said.
Mwafulirwa added that there will be no extension to the period set by the Commission for this exercise and that centres will close at 4PM or when the last person registers on Sunday, July 19, 2015.
The Malawi Electoral Commission is preparing for by-elections to take place in Khwawa Ward in Karonga, Chibanja ward in Mzuzu, Msikisi ward in Mangochi, Luchenza ward in Luchenza and Zomba Central Ward in Zomba.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 informs the general public that on advice from the Muslim Association of Malawi, this year’s Eid ul-Fitri Prayers marking the end of the Holy Month of Ramadhan will be conducted either on Friday 17th July or Saturday 18th July 2015 depending on the sighting of the new moon.
“Such being the case, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development further wishes to inform the general public that if the Prayers will be held on 17th July, this year’s Eid UI Fitr Public Holiday will be observed on the same day, similarly if the Prayers will be conducted on 18th July then the public holiday will be observed on Monday 20th July, 2015,” reads part of the statement.
The ministry further advises that an announcement on the actual date of prayers will be made by the Muslim Association of Malawi.