The Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC in partnership with the National Registration Bureau-NRB has discovered 53 suspected minors in the new voter’s registry for Tuesday by-elections.
The revelation by MEC Chief Elections Officer Sam Alfandika comes a day before the by-elections.
The Commission has since quarantined 53 of the new registrants, 23 males and 30 females in Lilongwe North West Constituency.
Alfandika adds that despite the 53 having been registered by MEC, but they will not be allowed to vote in the by-election.
“Although they were registered by MEC and were issued a voter certificate, will not vote on 10 November, 2020.Their names have not been added to the voters’ register and will appear in the Exceptions Report, appended to the voters’ register,”Alfandika said.
So far, the other 2 places in the by-elections have not registered any cases of registration of minors in the voters roll.
Meanwhile, MEC on Monday conducted a pre-inspection exercise of polling materials, ahead of Tuesday’s by-elections.
This pre-inspection exercise is part of the efforts to enhance transparency in the electoral process.
In Lilongwe and Karonga, voters will cast their ballot to elect a Member of Parliament while in Chikwawa they will vote for a councillor.
A total of 93,534 registered voters are expected to vote in tomorrow’s by-elections out of which 2,756 are new registrants.