BLANTYRE (MaraPost)—As voter verification exercise progresses ahead of Malawi’s first ever tripartite elections on May 20, registered voters will now be able to verify their details online and through mobile phones.

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has rolled out this service with technical support from SMAG Media UK, Ltd. and Code For Africa.

According to MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa, registered voters will be required to send a FREE short-message-service (SMS) to a designated short-code to receive details of where they will cast their vote.

 

Those in Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi, Mulanje, Nkhotakota, Salima and all districts in the Northern Region and in Likoma will be the first to use the mobile verification platform.

Mwafulirwa said they have rolled out mobile and online verification services to accommodate some eligible voters who could not be able to visit designated voter verification centers.

Three languages –Chichewa, Chitumbuka and English– have been provided for use when accessing information on the phone during the exercise, according to MEIC Project Manager responsible for Media and Publicity, Levi Kabwato.

“To verify your details voter registration status, one must send an SMS with their voter identification number 5VOTE (58683). This SMS is FREE of charge on both Airtel and TNM networks.

“To receive voter registration details in ChiChewa, for example, a registered voter will have to type CHE123456789 (CHE for ChiChewa + the voter’s nine digit ID Number) and send an SMS to 58683.

“To receive voter registration details in ChiTumbuka, for example, a registered voter will have to type TUM123456789 (TUM for ChiTumbuka + the voter’s nine digit ID Number) and send an SMS to 58683.

“To receive voter registration details in English, for example, a registered voter will have to type only their voter ID (example: 123456789) and send an SMS to 58683.”

 

To verify one’s voter registration status online, Kabwato said one has to go to http://gottovote.malawivote2014.org and follow the instructions outlined.

 

“Registered voters are able to verify their details up to three times. Those who find inconsistencies against their voter records are advised to contact their nearest MEC office for assistance as no corrections or queries regarding voter information will be accepted by the system,” said Kabwato.

Mobile and web verification is only available to registered voters belonging to constituencies where MEC will be conducting voter verification exercises ahead of the polls, he says.

launches SMS and online service

BLANTYRE (MaraPost)—As voter verification exercise progresses ahead of Malawi’s first ever tripartite elections on May 20, registered voters will now be able to verify their details online and through mobile phones.

The Malawi elections: MEC launches SMS and online service

BLANTYRE (MaraPost)—As voter verification exercise progresses ahead of Malawi’s first ever tripartite elections on May 20, registered voters will now be able to verify their details online and through mobile phones.

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has rolled out this service with technical support from SMAG Media UK, Ltd. and Code For Africa.

According to MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa, registered voters will be required to send a FREE short-message-service (SMS) to a designated short-code to receive details of where they will cast their vote.

 

Those in Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi, Mulanje, Nkhotakota, Salima and all districts in the Northern Region and in Likoma will be the first to use the mobile verification platform.

Mwafulirwa said they have rolled out mobile and online verification services to accommodate some eligible voters who could not be able to visit designated voter verification centers.

Three languages –Chichewa, Chitumbuka and English– have been provided for use when accessing information on the phone during the exercise, according to MEIC Project Manager responsible for Media and Publicity, Levi Kabwato.

“To verify your details voter registration status, one must send an SMS with their voter identification number 5VOTE (58683). This SMS is FREE of charge on both Airtel and TNM networks.

 

“To receive voter registration details in ChiChewa, for example, a registered voter will have to type CHE123456789 (CHE for ChiChewa + the voter’s nine digit ID Number) and send an SMS to 58683.

 

“To receive voter registration details in ChiTumbuka, for example, a registered voter will have to type TUM123456789 (TUM for ChiTumbuka + the voter’s nine digit ID Number) and send an SMS to 58683.

 

“To receive voter registration details in English, for example, a registered voter will have to type only their voter ID (example: 123456789) and send an SMS to 58683.”

To verify one’s voter registration status online, Kabwato said one has to go to http://gottovote.malawivote2014.org and follow the instructions outlined.

“Registered voters are able to verify their details up to three times. Those who find inconsistencies against their voter records are advised to contact their nearest MEC office for assistance as no corrections or queries regarding voter information will be accepted by the system,” said Kabwato.

Mobile and web verification is only available to registered voters belonging to constituencies where MEC will be conducting voter verification exercises ahead of the polls, he says.

has rolled out this service with technical support from SMAG Media UK, Ltd. and Code For Africa.

According to MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa, registered voters will be required to send a FREE short-message-service (SMS) to a designated short-code to receive details of where they will cast their vote.

 

Those in Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi, Mulanje, Nkhotakota, Salima and all districts in the Northern Region and in Likoma will be the first to use the mobile verification platform.

Mwafulirwa said they have rolled out mobile and online verification services to accommodate some eligible voters who could not be able to visit designated voter verification centers.

Three languages –Chichewa, Chitumbuka and English– have been provided for use when accessing information on the phone during the exercise, according to MEIC Project Manager responsible for Media and Publicity, Levi Kabwato.

“To verify your details voter registration status, one must send an SMS with their voter identification number 5VOTE (58683). This SMS is FREE of charge on both Airtel and TNM networks.

 

“To receive voter registration details in ChiChewa, for example, a registered voter will have to type CHE123456789 (CHE for ChiChewa + the voter’s nine digit ID Number) and send an SMS to 58683.

 

“To receive voter registration details in ChiTumbuka, for example, a registered voter will have to type TUM123456789 (TUM for ChiTumbuka + the voter’s nine digit ID Number) and send an SMS to 58683.

 

“To receive voter registration details in English, for example, a registered voter will have to type only their voter ID (example: 123456789) and send an SMS to 58683.”

 

To verify one’s voter registration status online, Kabwato said one has to go to http://gottovote.malawivote2014.org and follow the instructions outlined.

 

“Registered voters are able to verify their details up to three times. Those who find inconsistencies against their voter records are advised to contact their nearest MEC office for assistance as no corrections or queries regarding voter information will be accepted by the system,” said Kabwato.

Mobile and web verification is only available to registered voters belonging to constituencies where MEC will be conducting voter verification exercises ahead of the polls, he says.

 

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