MEC engages Karonga stakeholders on new electoral laws

By George Mponda and Wakisa Myamba

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has called upon stakeholders in Karonga to be partners in educating the public on new electoral laws ahead of the local government by-election to be held in the district.

MEC Commissioner Dr Emmanuel Fabiyano made the call on Friday in Karonga during awareness meetings with stakeholders on new electoral laws which was held at Mwenitete Teacher Development Centre and Maghemo Secondary School Hall.

Malawi Electoral Commission, Dr Emma uel Fabiano

Fabiyano urged traditional and religious leaders, youths and political party representatives who have knowledge of new electoral laws to be proactive in sensitising people in their communities about the changes.

“Some of the changes in the Electoral Commission Act include; period of voting which will start from 6am to 4pm. In addition, only people with national identification card shall be authorised to vote, Fabiyano said.

In his remarks, Acting District Commissioner for Karonga, Frank Mkandawire said people in the district are lucky as they are amongst the first to be oriented on the new laws which will also be used in the local government by-elections to held on 26th March.

“Let us relay to others within our communities what we have been told today so that everyone should be well aware of the changes in electoral laws.

“I would also like to urge parties to follow the electoral calendar which MEC has given us in order not to miss any important activities, Mkandawire said.

Cementing on the matter, Senior Chief Mwakikunga hailed MEC for hosting the awareness meeting on the new electoral laws, describing it as an eye opener.