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MEC to Establish, Re-align Centres in February

Mwafulirwa Mwafulirwa - file photo

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) will embark on a nationwide exercise of establishing and realigning registration, polling and constituency tally centres from this February through March ahead of the 2025 polls.

MEC Director of Communications, Sangwani Mwafulirwa, has told Zodiak Online on Tuesday that the assignment is aimed at meeting stakeholders to suggest new centres following the adoption of the constituency boundary redermacation report by Parliament in November last year.

Mwafulirwa says for instance with the new law in place, results tallying will be done at constituency level during the elections.

"With the new boundaries, we need to re-align the centres so that we indicate which constituency they are falling in and at the same time give opportunity to the stakeholders to suggest new places which can be established as centres," Mwafulirwa said.

There will be 228 constituencies up for grabs in the forthcoming tripartite elections in 2025 after the redermacation exercise.

The commission carried out the wards and constituencies redermacation exercise to address the inconsistencies that have creeped in over years whereby some constituencies have high number of voters.

The last demarcation exercise was conducted in 1998 where the Commission considered only constituencies which were glaringly large.

MEC is mandated, under Section 76 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, to determine constituency boundaries impartially on the basis of ensuring that constituencies contain approximately equal numbers of voters eligible to register, subject only to considerations, population density, ease of communication and geographical features and administrative boundaries.

Currently, there are 193 constituencies in the country.

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