James Kadadzera: Malawi Police Service public and relations officer

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—As Malawians are expected to vote for the country’s president tomorrow, Malawi Police Service has advised all prospective voters to return to their respective homes immediately after casting their votes, saying loitering around polling centres is an electoral offence.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, made available to MaraviPost, the law enforcers say security officers from all security agents have been deployed to all polling centres to strengthen safety and security before and after voting.

“All voters are advised to return to their respective homes after casting their votes and wait for official announcement of results by MEC. Loitering around polling and tally centres without any accreditation or permission after voting is an electoral offence,” reads the letter in part.

Malawi Police have further assured all Malawians that strict measures have been put in place to insure total safety to all voters, polling staff and polling materials.

The tomorrow’s election follows nullification of the May 21 2019 presidential election by a five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court on February 3.

The court ordered that a fresh election be held within 150 days and directed that the status in the presidency—President and Vice-President—revert to the May 2014 Tripartite Elections outcome.

Three candidates, namely: Peter Mutharika of  the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Lazarus Chakwera of main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Peter Kuwani of Mbakuwaku Movement for Democracy will battle it out in the fresh election.

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