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Mec to conduct by-elections in Mchinji West Constituency, four Wards on November 1

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It’s official. The Malawi Electoral (Mec) will conduct the much awaited by-elections in Mchinji West Constituency and four Wards on November 1 this year.

MEC Commissioner Jean Mathanga MEC Commissioner Jean Mathanga


The wards are Kaliyeka in Lilongwe City South East; Sadzi in Zomba Central; Bunda in Kasungu Central and Bembeke in Dedza South.


The Commission had initially planned to hold the by-elections on May 10, but failed due to unavailability of funds.


Mchinji West Constituency fell vacant following the demise of law-maker Burton Kanjira Banda on March 13 2016.


In Kaliyeka, Sadzi and Bunda wards the vacancies also arose due to the deaths of the Councillors who were duly elected in 2014. While Bembeke ward in Dedza fell vacant because of the conviction of the Councillor for the ward on a case bordering on moral turpitude and dishonesty.


The Commission will open centres for registration and voter verification from 12th to 16th October 2016.


The Commission will register first-time voters only. These are those who have attained the age of 18 after May 20, 2016 or will turn 18 by November 1, 2016.


“The Commission will not register anyone who was eligible to register during the last registration exercise but failed to do so for whatever reason or reasons. The Commission will also not accept transfers.


“All registered voters for the May 20, 2014 elections, whether they voted or not, they have to verify their details in the voters’ roll at the centre they registered. If they transferred, they should verify at the centre they transferred to,” said Commissioner Jean Mathanga, who is the chairperson for Electoral Services Committee.


According to her, registered voters who lost their voter certificates will have to go to the centre where they registered to get a replacement certificate that will enable them to vote on November 1.


The official campaign period will commence on October 20 and per requirement of the law, the campaign shall end at 06.00 hrs on October 30, 2016.



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