MEC trains polling equipment operators

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has trained about 500 polling equipment operators on results management system and transmission ahead of the May 21 watershed elections.

The two-day refresher training follows a results management system and transmission test which the commission conducted on May 2, 2019.

Ntafu: The process is vital

Speaking when officially opening the training in Blantyre on Thursday, MEC Commissioner Elvey Ntafu described the capture and transmission of results as vital in electoral process.

“We can’t afford to have results management system mistakes during the polls hence the decision as a commission to retrain our human force in readiness for the elections.

“We are targeting a zero-mistake rate in results management system and transmission during the May 21 tripartite elections and we will thrive to meet our target,” added commissioner Ntafu.

Commissioner Ntafu said during the test of the results management system and transmission for the May polls, the commission did not register any serious challenge affecting the system.

She therefore urged all electoral stakeholders to have confidence in the system during the polls.

However, MEC Deputy Chief Elections Officer for Operations, Harris Potani observed that some of the polling equipment operators had challenges during results management system and transmission test hence the need to train them on the same.

According to Potani, the commission is currently finalising in mobilizing and deploying resources for the May 21 polls.