Polling for November 1 by-elections

PRESS RELEASE
Polling for November 1 by-elections

Malawi Electoral Commission is informing all registered voters, candidates, political parties and the general public that polling for the by-elections in the following wards and constituencies will take place on November 1, 2016 in the following areas:

• Mchinji West Constituency
• Kaliyeka Ward in Lilongwe City South East Constituency
• Sadzi Ward in Zomba Central Constituency
• Bunda Ward in Kasungu Central Constituency
• Bembeke Ward in Dedza South Constituency

Polling stations will open at 6AM and close at 6PM or until the last person who will be on the queue before closing time votes.
Voters should remember to bring their registration certificates. If the certificate was lost or damaged, registered voters should still go to the centre where they registered and if their name will be found in the voters’ roll they will be allowed to vote.

The general public is also reminded that only registered voters in the one constituency and four wards are the ones eligible to vote and that transfers will not be allowed.

The Commission is further reminding all people that campaign period ended on October 30, 2016 at 6.AM as such it is a violation of the electoral laws to campaign outside the official period. If found the law will take its full course.

The Commission is also informing all people that when going for polling they should not wear party colors, symbols, artifacts and any paraphernalia that will identify you with a specific party. People who will wear these colours will be turned away to dress properly.

Please take special notice that voting is by ticking for those who know how to read and write or thumb printing inside the box next to the symbol of the candidate of your choice for those who donot know how to use a pen.

People with disabilities, the elderly, the sick, expectant mothers will be assisted with priority and will not queue.

The Commission is thanking all the contesting candidates and their followers in the by-elections for maintaining peace and order during this period. We hope this will also be continued during the voting and results announcements time.

Voters are encouraged to come in their large numbers to exercise their right to vote and to be assured that the voting is a secret ballot and no one will know their choice. Therefore, they should not be intimidated to vote for a person not of their choice.

Signed this 30th day of October, 2016 at Blantyre.

Thandi Nkovole
Ag. Deputy Chief Elections Officer