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Malawi voting body ready for national elections

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has congratulated all the political parties and supporters for the peaceful campaign that ended on Sunday, in anticipation of the tightly contested elections due to commence on Tuesday, the Maravi Post reported



The MEC Chairperson, Maxon Mbendera, took time to respond to issues regarding voter identification, the voting process and ballot security in a state of preparedness address in front of journalists in Blantyre on Sunday.

On Friday, the Commission dispatched ballot papers from the warehouse at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) to all the councils.

Mbendera assured Malawians that the ballot papers arrived safely in all the councils and that each council identified a secure warehouse where they have placed armed security for 24hours.

“Sunday and Monday the ballot papers will be distributed from the councils to the Constituencies where they will be distributed further to the centres,” said Mbendera, who was flanked by Commissioners Emmanuel Chinkwita-Phiri and Gloria Chingota, among others.

The elections are expected to be a close affair in the wake of the current president Joyce Banda’s shaky support, following the Cashgate scandal which saw international donors suspending aid to the southern African country – aid that made up as much as 40 percent of Malawi’s budget.

Source: Maravi Post