The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has started dispatching ballot papers to all councils ahead of next week Tuesday’s tripartite elections.
The ballot papers have been dispatched from the Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe where they were being kept since they came into the country from the United Arab Emirates earlier this week.
According to Sangwani Mwafulirwa who speaks for the Commission, stakeholders are being encouraged to be present in their councils to witness the arrival and storage of the ballot papers.
Meanwhile, MEC has surmounted challenges which were threatening the smooth running of Tuesday’s tripartite elections including transportation deficit. Last week the electoral body outsourced vehicles from private entities to cater for transportation of materials to polling centres.
MEC is also confident of being able to reach all five thousand and two polling centres with the polling material across the country.
In the 2014 elections, some polling centres did not have materials delivered to them on time, and some lacked necessary materials like ballot boxes. This ignited tension and rioting in other areas of the country.