MEC plans for flood victims

MEC staff at a tally centre during the 2014 elections

The floods that terrorised the country last week have also affected Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as there are fears some voters may have lost their voter registration certificates.

According to MEC Chief Elections Officer Sam Alufandika, the floods also affected ballot paper vetting exercise in Mwanza, Chikwawa and Nsanje in the Southern Region.

“Considering that the floods have displaced many people and damaged household items, it is certain that some people have lost their voter certificates during the disaster. The commission would like to assure all of them that they will be able to vote without a voter certificate as long as they registered as voters,” Alufandika said.

The country goes to the polls on May 21 to elect new office bearers to fill the posts of President, Members of Parliament and Councilors.

Meanwhile, Alufandika said, commission will work closely with the district councils to establish the extent of damage on infrastructures that were designated as centres so that they can provide tents for shelter during voting.

“The commission is also fully aware of the challenges that are faced due to rainfall in some districts during the polling exercise. To that effect, the commission is planning for all scenarios regarding distribution of polling materials,” he said.

MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa further clarified that the voters will just have to go to the centres where they registered and identify themselves so that polling staff should verify their details and allow them to vote.

The floods that hit the southern region damaged a lot of properties including houses and other structures.

It is also reported that 56 people have died, three are missing while 577 others are injured.

Earlier in the week, the commission issued a warning to chiefs in the country to desist from being partisan.