The Malawi Electoral Commission has warned its staff in the ongoing training for polling equipment operators in results management against being partisan in their work.
Speaking at Chimutu primary school in Lilongwe, Commissioner Reverend Killion Mgawi reminded the operators that their duty is to the Malawi nation not to any political party.
“You are our hope in ensuring that Malawi has a free and fair election so when you go into the field, please do your job without looking at a person’s political affiliation. Treat everybody equally because you are serving the Malawian nation not the interest of any particular grouping,” said Mgawi.
He also advised the polling equipment operators against wearing party colours and to mind their social media comments as such things have the potential to compromise the 21 May election.
Commenting on the matter, one of the participants of the training Orwell Nyasulu lauded the impact of the training as an eye opener to the changes the Commission has made to ensure a credible election.
“To be honest, we have learnt a lot today and gained new knowledge on the results management and we are ready to do our job without fear or favor,” said Nyasulu.
The polling equipment operators will be stationed at constituency tally centres in all districts and will transmit results to the national tally centre.