The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has postponed by-elections that were slated for June 6 following communication from Treasury department that government does not have money.
MEC chairperson Jane Ansah disclosed this during a launch ceremony for the by-elections today in Lilongwe where she said MEC will however continue conducting other activities prior to the election date to be announced later.
Ansah added that government has given them assurance of availability of funds in the next financial year.
Secretary to the Treasury Ben Botolo confirmed the development insisting that funds will be available in July.He highlighted that money currently available is earmarked for the purchase of drugs which have been depleted in hospitals across the country and to monitor other pressing issues like the false army worms.
This has however been faulted by activist Rafiq Hajat who say the move is infringing on people’s rights.