As there are reports that the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) will delimit constituencies in the country, a political commentator has asked the electoral body to consider economic issues before doing the exercise.
Currently, Malawi has 193 constituencies and there have been mixed reactions from the general public as some say that the number of constituencies should be trimmed while others say it should be increased considering the growing population.
A political commentator in the country, Lattim Matenje, said if the number of constituencies is to be increased MEC needs to consider the economy of the country.
“It is unreasonable at the moment to increase the number of constituencies in the country as the economy of the country has collapsed and what should be done now is to make use of councillors,” said Matenje.
He further said that if Mec is to decrease the number of constituencies it needs to look into the population of people in the country.
He said: “If Mec is to decrease the number of constituencies there is need to consider the population of people in the country and MEC need to equalise the size of wards in order to maintain the number of constituencies in the country.”
Mec last delimited the country’s constituencies in 1998.