MEC extends deadline for submitting names of monitors


The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has extended the deadline for submission of names of monitors and observers.

The deadline has been extended to April 15, 2019 from March 1, 2019.

Alfandika : signed the statement

This follows a request by some political parties that they needed more time to identify and recruit monitors who can effectively monitor the electoral process.

Meanwhile, MEC has told political parties there shall be no further extension to this new deadline as the commission also requires adequate time to process the accreditations.

According to the commission, only political parties and independent candidates contesting in the elections will be allowed to place monitors in polling streams and tally centres and the rest will fall under the observer category.

“Each contesting political party or independent candidate shall be allowed a maximum of two monitors per polling stream and two monitors at the Constituency Tally Centre,” MEC said in a statement yesterday.

Parties and independents will submit names of candidates to the MEC district offices and will be allowed to place up to four monitors for the District Council Offices.

For the national tally centre, all contesting political parties and the independent presidential candidate shall be allowed to place up to 10 monitors.