The general public will from 4 March to 17 March 2022 have an opportunity to view maps for the proposed boundaries of wards and constituencies in preparation for the September 2025 Tripartite Elections.
This has been disclosed by MEC Chairman Justice Dr. Chifundo Kachale at a press briefing held in Lilongwe on 15 February 2022 to give an update on the boundary review exercise.
Kachale said that the maps will be displayed in strategic places where the public can go and view.
“The Commission with the help of councils has identified public places where the maps will be displayed from 4 March to 17 March 2022. These include council offices, Parliament, council headquarters, Traditional Authority headquarters and Techer Development Centres,” said Kachale.
According to Kachale, the Commission has followed legal provisions and the guidelines which it put in place when it was drawing the maps.
He further went on to say that the maps have also incorporated the names that were proposed by stakeholders.
However, the MEC Chairman has urged the public to avoid altering the preliminary maps being displayed in public places.
“The Commission is appealing to the general public to avoid tearing, defacing, ‘graffitiing’ or removing the maps from where they have been affixed for public viewing because they have been printed at a quite considerable cost”, he said.
During the press briefing it was also revealed that the Commission will conduct public hearings in all councils to get feedback from all stakeholders on the preliminary maps from 11 April to 23 April 2022.
After this the Commission will go back to review feedback received and incorporate into the final report for the exercise.
Last year in October the Commission announced that a total of 229 Constituencies have been determined for the 2025 Tripartite elections.
Malawi Electoral Commission last held a comprehensive boundaries review in 1998.