MEC ready with fresh presidential poll calendar

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By Catherine Tinto 

 

The Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC is on Monday expected to release an electoral calendar for fresh presidential polls.

This follows the constitutional court’s ruling that nullified the 2019 presidential election results due to massive irregularities.

The court ordered elections to be held within 150 days from February 3, 2020 in which parliament proposed May 19, 2020.

According to the Director of Media and Public Relations Sangwani Mwafulirwa for  MEC, the Commission will hold a press briefing in Blantyre tomorrow where only media personnel will be allowed in order to follow the social distance directive.

“We are aware of the directives by the state president regarding congregation of people, that is why we have limited it to the media, so everyone else we ask then to stay home and listed to what the media will have for them,” said Mwafulirwa.   

President Peter Mutharika has banned gatherings of more than 100 people amid fears of coronavirus outbreak.

One of the important stakeholders that are supposed to have the calendar handy are political parties and other players that are directly involved in the electoral process.

On informing such stakeholders, Mwafulirwa disclosed that they will have to organize a separate meeting for the parties.

 

 

 

 

 

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