Flood victims to cast votes, MEC assures

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The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is assuring registered voters whose voter certificates have been destroyed by the floods that they will be able to vote.

Malawi saw persistent rains last week, which have caused flash floods in most districts of the southern region.

According to a statement from MEC, the electoral body still has details of all registered voters and they will all be able to cast their vote.

The statement, which has been signed by MEC’s Chief Elections Officer Sam Alfandika, reveals that the floods have affected MEC vetting operations.

Alfandika states that they failed to conduct the ballot paper vetting exercise in Mwanza, Chikwawa and Nsanje because candidates could not manage to travel from their various locations to the council offices.

He adds that that the commission has rescheduled the exercise in these councils.

Currently, floods have killed about 50 people and 15,185 households have been displaced.

This creates a possibility that those displaced may have lost their voter certificates in the process.

The statement guarantees that the people will still be able to vote without these certificates as long as they registered as voters.

“We are also working closely with all councils to establish whether infrastructures designated as voting centers have been damaged by the floods,” Alfandika added.

MEC has further assured that necessary measures are being put in place so that the floods do not disturb the distribution of polling materials.

On the 21st of May, Malawians will vote for the President, Members of Parliament and Ward Councilors.

 

 

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