Blantyre Civic Office polling centre remains usable

Blantyre, Prospective voters who registered at Blantyre Civic Offices have been assured they will cast their vote at the same venue they registered despite being cordoned off due to construction of a new Blantyre Police Station by government.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Director for Media and Public Relations, Sangwani Mwafulirwa said mobile tarpaulins (tents) shall be temporarily erected to serve as polling stations which would be dismantled soon after the polling.

The infrastructure development about to take off at the designated polling centre in question will not affect the elections in terms of space which is usually utilized for both voter registration and casting of votes on the polling day.

The current protective iron sheets enclosure shall still stand and we will only erect temporary tents to serve as polling station for the intended purpose which will be removed thereafter, said Mwafulirwa.

The MEC official said it was for this reason that those who registered at the centre ought not to be worried due to works taking place at the site, saying everything is under control.

On her part, Blantyre City Council Civic Education Officer, Chimwemwe Chikomeni echoed MEC’s sentiments, saying the development about to take off at the site will not have direct bearing on the much-awaited national exercise scheduled for Tuesday next week.

Source: MANA Online