The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says voter registration and inspection of the register for the 29th June, 2021 by-elections will commence on Wednesday, 26th May, 2021.
The electoral governing body says the two activities will run concurrently for 14 days up to 8th June.
In an interview, MEC’s Director, Media and Public Relations Sangwani Mwafulirwa said there will be variations on how the exercise will be done considering that the by-elections have risen due to different reasons.
According to Mwafulirwa, there will be no registration of new voters in Nkhata Bay Central Constituency as the area fell vacancy following nullification of 2019 parliamentary elections.
“There will be no registration of new voters, but those that registered for the 2019 elections will be the ones eligible to cast their votes. So we are advising them that from 26th of May to the 8th June they should go the centres where they registered to verify their details in the voters register,” said Mwafulirwa.
Mwafulirwa however said in addition to the inspection of voter register for those who registered for the 2019 tripartite elections, the commission will register new voters in Nsanje Lalanje and Blantyre North Chikwembere wards where councilors who were elected in 2019 died.
“There will registration of new voters. Those that never registered when we were preparing for the 2019 elections, those that have just turned or will turn the age of 18 by 8th June, 2021 are advised to go to their nearest center to register as voters,” said Mwafulirwa.
The commission has further advised people from the areas to take with them a National Identity card as form of identification or a slip for the National Identification card.
The commission has also stressed that there will be no transfers for the by-elections.
Registration and inspection centers will open from 1:00am to 4:00pm on all days including Saturdays and Sundays.