Despite the risk at hand and facing criticism from the health officials and activists, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has decided to go ahead with the voter registration that started last week for July 3 Presidential election re-run, despite the government’s suspension.
If allowed to continue, voter registration would continue until June 7.
Saying that adequate measures are at hand to prevent infections in registration centres, the Spokesman of MEC, Sangwani Mwafulirwa said, “For example, those that are coming for registration they are observing the social distance. Fortunately, this time around, our biometrical voter registration system is efficient. So, we are not having queues in voter registration centers”. He added that all MEC staff wear protective equipment such as face masks and that hand sanitizers, soap, and water are provided for the public.
While the Health officials worry people grouped for registration and voting could easily spread the virus and Heath Minister Jappie Mhango says up to 50,000 Malawians could die from the disease if not enough action is taken to stop the virus.
The last year’s Presidential election was nullified by the Constitutional Court of Malawi as it found massive irregularities in the re-election of President Peter Mutharika.