In a presser made available to The Maravi Post the Malawi Electoral Commission says it will conduct by-elections on 5th November 2019 in the following areas:
- Lilongwe South Constituency
- Matenje Ward in Kasungu North West Constituency
In preparation for the by-elections, the Commission is requesting all political parties, aspiring candidates and civil society organizations wishing to monitor or observe the exercise to submit names of their monitors and observers to the respective MEC District Offices.
The Presidential ongoing Election court case has highlighted to all Political parties and aspiring politicians that monitors are very important to assure integrity and fairness in the Election process
All names of monitors and observers for the registration exercise should be submitted by 8th October 2019. Names for the polling and results counting should be submitted by 28th October 2019.
Names should be submitted using form REG.014 which can be obtained from the Constituency Returning Officer or District Commissioners’ offices. The form can also be downloaded from MEC website www.mec.org.mw.
1 Each political party, candidate or civil society organization shall be allowed a maximum of two monitors or observers per centre at a time for voter registration. The list of centres is available from the Constituency Returning Office or the District Commissioner’s office. For polling every political party, independent candidate or civil society organizations shall be allowed up to two monitors per stream and up to four roving monitors per constituency or ward.
The Commission is urging stakeholders to identify literate monitors with good numeracy and comprehension skills and from the vicinity of the centres so that they can assist in identifying eligible registrants.