The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Dr Jane Ansah on Monday visited pregnant women at Chitipa District Hospital as one way of thanking the hospital for the care it gave MEC staff who were treated at the facility during phase seven of voter registration exercise.
Speaking to the media on Monday during the donation of various assorted items to midwives, MEC Chairperson Dr Jane Ansah, said the hospital did a tremendous job to its biometric voter registration (BVR) operators when they suffered from malaria in the district.
“The same way how our staff felt, being healed away from home, we believe it is the same way people are feeling here at this time when they have just entered in the hospital, they should as well feel at home, hence our token of appreciation to the hospital for the commendable job it did and it is still doing,” said Ansah.
Welcoming the gesture, District Nursing Officer for the hospital Selemani Kondowe said he never anticipated such development from electoral body.
“We are very thankful for this initiative, it is coming at the rightful time when people are cerebrating new year all over the world. We never expected this from MEC, when people hear about MEC what comes to their mind is all about elections. We don’t take it for granted,” said Kondowe.
Speaking on behalf of pregnant women, Twambilire Kitha also thanked MEC for the gifts to them saying it is also a reminder about their right to vote despite being in hospitals.
During the trip, the MEC chairperson also visited several voters’ verification centres where verification exercise is being conducted and encouraged registrants to go and cast their votes in respect of their choice come 21st May, 2019.