The Malawi Electoral Commission has postponed the Voter Registration and Verification exercise for the June 23 Local Government Elections By-Elections in five wards.
The exercise was scheduled to start May 8 up to May 12 according to the calendar release by MEC for the elections.
A press statement from MEC, signed by Chief Elections Officer Willie Kalonga said the postponement was effected by government’s delay to release funding for the elections.
“By-elections The Malawi Electoral Commission regrets to inform all registered voters, eligible registrants, political parties, aspiring candidates, civil society organizations and all stakeholders that it has postponed the registration and voter verification exercise for the Local Government By-elections,” Kalonga said.
“This decision has been reached at because the MEC has been unable to prepare for the exercise due to delay by government in releasing funding for the by-elections within the current financial year.”
The delay in funding has affected the Commission to recruit and train registration staff print the voters register for verification, buy registration materials and conduct mobilization meetings for the exercise.
The Commission has since apologized to stakeholders involved for the inconvenience this might cause and is assuring them that discussions are still ongoing with government.
The new date and á revised calendar for the by-elections once the situation becomes clearer.
Despite the setback MEC has assured all those who wish to contest in the by-elections are free to collect nomination forms from the Ward Returning Officers.
All aspiring candidates who already collected nomination forms are asked to keep them safely for the moment until further directions from the Commission.
The by-elections were supposed to take place in the following wards: Luchenza in Luchenza Municipal Council, Zomba Central in Zomba City Council, Msikisi in Mangochi Town Council, Chibanja in Mzuzu City Council and Khwawa in Karonga District Council following death of councilors