Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)has said settling of all ward boundary issues in the country will contribute to the success of the 2019 polls.
Chairperson for MEC, Justice Jane Ansah made the remarks Fridays in Mulanje during a consultative meeting on ward demarcations with chiefs, councilors, members of parliament and electoral stakeholders from the district.
She said MEC deliberately organized such meetings countrywide to reach out to every corner of the country as part of preparations for the elections.
“Section 76 sub-section 2 of our constitution gives MEC powers to demarcate wards and constituencies and we noted that some councilors do not fully know their areas of work which was causing some wrangles between themselves thereby compromising developmental work as some areas were shunned hence coming up with the idea of these meetings to assess such issues,” Ansah explained.
The MEC chair said this time around, they are only dealing with ward boundaries but re-demarcation of both the wards and constituencies will be done in 2020 after the National Statistical Office conducts a national census to establish the country’s total population.
Mulanje Council Chairperson, Charles Kalata applauded MEC for organizing such a meeting saying the district has so many ward boundary issues that needed to be addressed so that people are served better in the district.
He requested MEC to seriously look into the border issue between the district and Luchenza Municipality arguing that the latter is invading into the district which people especially chiefs are not happy with.
“This has been a very good meeting as some of the issues that were affecting us have been resolved, we sincerely hope that MEC will also help us with the Luchenza municipality issue as it might turn sour if things are not controlled at this stage but all the same we are looking forward to successful 2019 polls,” Kalata said.
During the meeting, MEC also highlighted the need for people in the country to have national IDs as they are going to be used during the elections without which one is not going to be allowed to vote.
MEC organized similar meetings in all districts across the country.
Source: Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA