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MEC fails to start voter verification in Lilongwe and Dedza

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By Rex Chiguduli

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has failed to kick start the voter verification exercise in some centres in Lilongwe and Dedza due to logistical challenges.

The problem has seen some voters who geared to verify their names getting back frustrated by the development.

In a statement signed by Chief Elections Officer Willie Kalonga says the Commission is working on the challenges to ensure that the
centres open from Friday, May 2, 2014.

“The centres that have failed
to open on first day will have an extension of one day, they will close
on May 6, 2014, this will also apply to any other centre that may fail
to open for a full day during the exercise”, Says Kalonga in a statement.

The third phase is covering Ntcheu, Dedza, Lilongwe City, Lilongwe
District, Mchinji, Dowa, Ntchisi, Kasungu Municipality and Kasungu
councils.

“The Commission is encouraging voters to verify their details through
the SMS and the web platforms, voters should send as SMS of their
voter certificate number to 58683 or visit www.mec.org.mw”, reads the statement.

This is not the first time that MEC has disappointed voters interested to verify their names by making them visit voter verification centres and wait in vein, such a development has often times put people away.

Other electoral stake holders have feared that the development may lead to voter apathy and may be a ploy to rigging elections as it bends to frustrate possible voters in some string hold areas of some political parties.

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