Blantyre, The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is currently facing serious transport problems according a statement issued by the electoral body on Tuesday and signed by the chairperson Justice Jane Ansah.
“The current fleet within the commission is aged and was supposed to be replaced in 2013. Government bought only 10 land cruisers which went with the old commissioners as part of their conditions of service,” she said in a statement.
Ansah saids the use of the aged fleet has increased maintenance costs which erode a good part of funding for recurrent transactions.
She added that since there are no official vehicles allocated to the current commissioners, some use their personal vehicles for official errands.
“The Commission is aware of the current financial situation of the country and being an institution that benefits from account number one, the institution has not been spared. However, we are grateful that despite the constrained resources, government has always made financial and material resources available whenever we conduct large scale operations like demarcation of wards and by-elections,” the Chairperson said.
Ansah said the commission appreciates the support it has received from UNDP that has enabled it to procure three saloon cars, two Toyota Fortuners, 3 Trucks, One 32 seater Coaster and three Toyota Hilux Pickups.
“Despite the procurement of the new vehicles, they are not enough to meet the transport requirements for MEC,” she added, saying MEC will continue engaging relevant authorities and all institutions of good will to assist with resources and equipment for them to perform to people’s expectations.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA