Malawi Electoral Commission says government has released K300 million for the hiring of trucks for the delivery and pick up of voter material during the May 21 Tripartite Elections.
The commission says this has been done as some of the ministries, departments and agencies have not cooperated with the request by holding on to the vehicles.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lilongwe on Tuesday, MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said the commission has since issued a call for quotations and the response has been satisfactory.
Ansah said: “As we talk today, our vehicle demand is 2,154 vehicles, three aircraft and six boats to effectively and efficiently distribute materials and deploy staff in all 5,002 polling stations as well as reverse logistics. The government is mobilising all the station wagons.”
“Of the 2,154 vehicles requirement, 600 are trucks. Government has released K300 million for the Commission for MEC to hire trucks."
She said the commission is currently analyzing the bids received and will be communicating of the outcome within the next two days.
“The Commission has also noted a directive from government for impounding vehicles. We wish to echo the message that MDAs should release the vehicles to be used for elections.” Ansah said.
MEC has since been assisted with 100 trucks by Malawi's development partners who have come through with their promise.
The urgency in the need for the vehicles comes at a time when the commission has started distribution of non-sensitive polling materials including ballot boxes and ballot booths.
“The commission decentralised packaging of the materials which has also made distribution of the materials to the councils very easy. At the council the materials are being kept in secure warehouses under armed police guard until the day of dispatch to the polling stations," she said.
Ansah disclosed during the briefing that so far the exercise is going on smoothly.