MEC optimistic of reaching projected figures in Likoma

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The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it is positive that it will conduct a successful voter registration exercise that will beat the projected figures in Likoma.

Chairperson for the Electoral body Dr. Jane Ansah said this in an interview Thursday during a visit to registration centres in the district after commencement of the exercise on 27 October.

Ansah: We are positive

In her remarks, Ansah said she was impressed with the advancement of the exercise that has registered 3,164 voters in the first five days in all the 8 registration centres on Likoma and Chizumulu Islands representing 49 percent of the projected 6,091 2018.

She said: “Registration exercise has started well, and the progress is so promising, we have had some factors contributing to the failure of scoring the expected figures in other districts but in this case, we are positive with the progress on the ground.”

She went on to say that MEC is quite sure that the eligible voters will continue coming in to get registered on the Islands as the mobilization campaign continues.

Meanwhile, the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust has embarked on a campaign mobilizing the Island’s residents in order to meet the targeted projection.

Civic and Education officer for NICE on the Islands district Mr. Patrick Chikoti said para civic educators have been deployed to reach even to the hard to reach areas.

“As a Civic Educator we do not have time to stay back and watch when people are not showing up to register. Sometimes it is because some are living in the hard to reach areas, we have deployed our para civic educators to disseminate the message even to their convenient places,” he said.

Last phase of the voter registration exercise commenced on 27 0ctober covering Likoma, Nkhata-bay, Mzuzu City and Mzimba. The phase will end on 9 November 2018.

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