Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is reviewing the June 23 Fresh Presidential election in six districts in the Southern Region to appreciate the challenges faced during the electoral processes.
Speaking yesterday at the opening of a review meeting in Liwonde, Machinga MEC commissioner Arthur Nanthulu said although the 2020 Fresh Presidential elections were fair and credible, elections stakeholders should find ways of improving future elections.
“No matter how well the elections were managed, there is always room for improvement because each election has its own challenges,” he said.
Nanthulu said the commission appreciated the role political parties, civil society organisations, chiefs and council officials played through the election process.
“So, I ask participants to come up with ways on how the challenges they faced in their respective districts can be avoided in future elections,” he said.
In his remarks, Machinga District National Initiative for Civic Education officer Bowlander Muonjeza said the review meeting will help the districts strategise on future elections.
“As we are reflecting back on what happened in the Fresh Presidential Election, we are also helping ourselves prepare for the next elections,” he said.
Muonjeza said every district is unique; hence, experiences its own challenges.
The review will include registration of voters, determination of winners, declaration and announcement of results at district and national level.
Participants to meeting were desk officers, chiefs and party officials from Machinga, Balaka, Zomba, Mangochi, Chiradzulu and Phalombe districts.
The country held Fresh Presidential Election on June 23 this year after the High Court sitting as the Constitutional Court nullified the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections in February due to massive irregularities.