MEC Calls for Professionalism in the By-Elections
Chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Justice Chifundo Kachale has challenged all MEC officials working in the forthcoming by-elections to execute their tasks professionally for the electoral body to maintain praises it received from both local and international elections stakeholders after the Fresh Presidential Elections.
In a statement delivered during training of biometric voter registration kit operators on Sunday in Mulanje, Justice Kachale said the praises pose a challenge to MEC to surpass the standards set during fresh presidential elections.
“The commission has set a mark for itself and we do not want to perform below that and we need to pull in the same direction and at the same pace in a unison manner,” said Justice Kachale.
He said the training is aimed at preparing the BVRK operators execute their task professionally and help Malawi have credible by-elections.
Justice Kachale said in the statement that the training is part of the elections process.
“Remember that the purpose of this training is to equip you with necessary information and skills to enable you discharge your duties well and I therefore urge you to be attentive,” said Kachale.
The statement further reminded BVRK operators to observe set COVID-19 preventive measures.
“This is the fourth set of election the commission is conducting in a COVID-19 environment and you have a huge responsibility to protect yourself and others from coronavirus by adhering to all preventive measures,” said the MEC Chairperson.
MEC will on 30th March, 2021 hold by-elections in Nsanje Central and North, Chikwawa East, Ntchisi North, Lilongwe Nsinja South, Karonga North West, Zomba Changalume, Rivirivi ward in Balaka and Chitakale ward in Mulanje.
Reasons for the by elections basically are on deaths of former parliamentarians or councilors and nullification of elections by the courts.
Both registration and verification exercise start on Monday, 22 February and end on 7th March, 2021.