Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) last week conducted constituency and ward boundary demarcation training for some city and district councils in the Southern Region.
This is in line with the mandate given to the commission by Section 76 of the country’s Constitution, to review boundaries of wards and constituencies every five years—to proportionally demarcate areas in tandem with population density, means of communication and geographical features.
Speaking at the opening of the training, commissioner Emmanuel Fabiano, who is chairperson responsible for Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of the commission, said the training provides theoretical and practical aspects of the boundary review.
He said: “This process requires the commission to go to all councils to train all key government officials in various departments to work with us so that we can do this work on time.
“We are hoping that they will go out there and start the process and submit reports to the commission for its consideration and approval.”
Fabiano further warned participants that they should not be partisan when conducting their duties.
“We do not want individuals that are involved in this exercise to come with views from individuals or political parties that will influence the process they have been given,”he said.
On his part, Zomba district commissioner Smart Gwedemula said the training will assist councils on how best to conduct the exercise.
“This is not the first time we are carrying out functions of the commission and we will continue to be non-partisan as the law commands,” he said.