Malawi Electoral Commission to strengthen internal controls and capacity

Blantyre, The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it is in the processes of strengthening its internal controls and capacity at its secretariat to enhance service delivery.

In a report by MEC Chairperson Jane Ansah, issued on Tuesday as regards to a National Election Consultative Forum (NECOF) at Cross Roads Hotel in Lilongwe, Ansah says MEC is taking steps to implement the recommendation of the audit report of the Ministry of Finance and also the special panel.

Among other things, Ansah says MEC has started drawing a concept paper to strengthen the financial system in MEC with special focus on IFMIS, ACCPAC, and capacity building for the commissioners and staff in financial systems.

Currently, MEC has adopted IFMIS but is awaiting the ministry of finance to provide with them relevant staff training.

The commission has also adopted ACCPAC software for funds received from the development partners.

Moreover, according to Ansah, MEC has approached UNDP to support it in upgrading its system which was dormant and also to train its non-finance managers.

Furthermore, Ansah says, as one way of beefing up the capacity of the secretariat in the interim, the commission has requested for secondment of staff from the government to beef up the audit, finance and administration departments.

Lastly, commission is in process of setting up a legal unit in which the position of Director of Legal Services will be advertised.

Controversy has surrounded the electoral body over the past years with millions of tax payer and donor money being misappropriated.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA