MEC hands over by-election materials to Parliament

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has handed over to Parliament of Malawi used election materials from the by-election that was held on 29th June, 2021 in Nkhatabay.

This is in fulfillment of Section 119 of the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act which mandates the Clerk of Parliament to safely store used election materials for a period of 12 months after the election.

In his remarks at the handover ceremony, Commissioner Francis Kasaila said the ballot materials include record books, ballot papers and summary of results.

"It is under the requirement of the law that the records of elections should be in a safe custody of Parliament and the commission has a role to fulfill what the constitution of Malawi mandates."

Principal Administrative Officer for Parliament Elton Chikaoneka Banda assured MEC that Parliament will take care of the documents, and if needed for legal action the commission is free to ask for them.

"It is part of consolidating democracy in Malawi and Parliament is mandated to receive all official documents that form an election and keep them for 12 months, and the parliament will follow the procedure."

The Malawi Electoral Commission declared Symon Vuwa Kaunda winner of Nkhatabay Central constituency by-election.