Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) has warned the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) against implementing Biometric voter registration system close to 2019 general elections.
Speaking during a consultative forum on electoral reforms in Blantyre, UDF general secretary Ken Ndanga said much as the system would help to reduce irregularities during elections in the country it has problems that have to be scrutinized by the electoral body.
“It’s a good system, but if you bring a complicated system very late, definitely we will reject it, in Malawi we have a problem of having things that we are not sure of,we bring complicated systems that confuse people,” said Ndanga.
Ndanga further said UDF will support MEC during the electoral reforms process before the 2019 elections .
In an Interview with Malawi24, MEC commissioner Nancy Tembo said the system will wait for National Registration Bureau (NRB).
“A feasibility study by our consultant revealed that the system will have challenges to identity Malawians but we hope that after issuing national identity cards by NRB it will be easy because we will be just swiping the cards to our machines and we will be recording the necessary information for a particular individual,” said Tembo.
MEC abandoned biometric voter registration system during the 2014 tripartite elections due to pressure from donors who objected it’s implementation.
Donors argued that biometric system is complex therefore there should be civic education for the general public to avoid confusions.