Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and Police in Mzuzu are investigating reports of cases of attempted double registration and attempts to register for relatives at various registration centres in the city.
On Thursday, a Registration Supervisor at Zolozolo FP School, Mary Chawinga, explained that MEC officials stopped a woman from registering with her newly collected national ID after she had already registered with her national ID slip in Karonga.
The woman’s second voter registration certificate has since been confiscated and the issue has been escalated for further investigations.
And in a satirical twist of events, a Registration Supervisor at Mzuzu RTC Centre, Yesaya Soko, narrated how MEC officials had to civic educate some concerned wives of serving Army officers who were served with the heart-breaking news that wives are not allowed to register for husbands.
“Also we have got some hiccups in that some soldiers have gone to DRC [for peace keeping missions] so their wives want to register for voting, so we said no, each one has to register for himself but otherwise everything is going on smoothly,” Soko said.
Soko also reported that a lack of NRB registration forms temporarily delayed the voter registration at the Centre as most of the people wishing to register were soldiers from Moyale Baracks who had previously missed the national ID registration while in training.
In the just-ended voter registration exercise, MEC was for the first time registering eligible voters by scanning the national ID through the BVR Kit to produce a voter registration slip. The BVR Kit is built with facilities to detect double registration and underage voter registration.
According to MEC, registered voters are expected to use only the voter registration certificate for voting in the May 21, 2019 Tripartite Elections.
Meanwhile, MEC is expecting to register 9 million eligible voters in the entire 2018 voter registration exercise. So far 6,264, 183 have already registered in phase one to seven representing 81 % of the predicted 7,745, 095 for the first seven phases.