By-elections battle lines drawn, MEC ready

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has assured Malawians that is has tightened its belts following by- elections scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 31st March.

Speaking to the press, MEC's Director, Public Relations and Communications Officer Sangwani Mwafulirwa affirmed that the electoral body has lined up all the necessary requirements and tools in the 7 constituencies and the 2 Wards.

Among others Mwafulirwa said that all the ballot papers and polling materials have been ferried to the centres including responsible staff who will work on the day.

The MEC spokesperson then appealed to all registered voters to show up in huge numbers and exercise their voting rights by choosing their favourite candidate.

In commenting on how they will manage Covid-19 preventive measures, Mwafulirwa said: "we have put in place adequate Covid-19 prevention measures. As we had announced before everyone coming to vote will get a free mask if they don't have one."

One of the constituencies going for by-elections is Nsanje central where the former Foreign Affairs Minister of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will lock horns will Kafandikhale Mandevana of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) where the previous showdown was ruled out by court following irregularities that occurred in 2019 voting.