MEC Proposes election dates change

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Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has proposed the change of election date from May as stipulated in the constitution to September to allow people more time to cast their votes.

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MEC Chairperson Jane Ansah made the proposal during her meeting with members of the Legal Committee of Parliament in Lilongwe last week.


Ansah informed the committee that the proposal is part of the reforms the commission plans to effect before the next year’s tripartite elections.


She said the reforms would require a Constitutional Amendment in Parliament on the schedule of the polls shifting from the Tuesday in the third week of May in the fifth year after the previous general election to September.


According to Ansah, in May Malawi is in cold weather and there are short days and long nights geographically as compared to summer time in September which has long days.


“We think it would be better if the days are shifted,” MEC chairperson said.


However, Ansah said the change is not final but one of the reforms the electoral body are “contemplating to propose.”


But chairperson of the Legal Affairs committee, Maxwell Thyolera, who belongs to main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) said the initial voting day should be maintained for next year’s polls and if anything change should be for 2024.

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