Mutharika was speaking at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre on Tuesday when the Commission called upon the President to brief him on the registration exercise and calendar of events for 2019 General Elections and the Biometric registration system the Commission intends to use during the registration exercise.
Speaking at the meeting, President Mutharika told the Commission that elections are an important undertaking for a country as such the commission should endeavour to ensure that whatever registration method they are going to use should enable the majority of Malawian voters decides the destiny of their country.
“All Malawians should take the elections seriously, by among other things, taking note of the programmes that will be announced from time to time. Above everything else, every eligible Malawian should register,” he said.
The President further challenged the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to be prudent with the way it manages its finances in preparation for the 2019 tripartite elections.
Said President Mutharika: “This is the first time in history to fund our elections without any support from our development partners and I am proud about that. It is my appeal to the Commission to use the funding prudently.
“This is a sacred national duty and I have confidence that you will perform to the best of your capabilities.”
The President, therefore, called on Malawians to take the electoral activities as outlined by MEC in its calendar seriously as they decide whether to take the nation forward or backwards.
In her remarks, MEC’s Chairperson Justice Dr. Jane Ansah assured the President and Malawians that the Commission will be prudent enough in using their allocated resources.
“It is indeed important for us to be prudent with the finances. What happened before was that most of the transactions were being done manually and to account for billions, it was quite very difficult.
“We are now using the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) and all our transactions are transparent even at the Ministry they know what is happening with our account and we are doing our best to use the money prudently,” Ansah said.
On those people who have not yet registered with the National Registration Bureau (NRB), Ansah said the commission is engaging with the Bureau to be in strategic places during the phases of the registration of voters so that those people who did not register get the chance to do so.
Meanwhile, the MEC chief said that voter registration using the new electronic biometric voter system will commence on June 26 to October 04, 2018.