Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

17 May 2014

Malawi: MEC Deploys First Consignment of Ballot Papers

Lilongwe — Political Party representatives, foreign election observers, the media and various electoral stakeholders on Friday morning together with Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) staff oversaw the deployment of the first consignment of ballot papers from Kamuzu International Airport (KIA).

The first tracks carrying the ballot papers left heading for the furthest destinations which are Chitipa, Karonga, Rumphi and Nsanje districts and did so with the blessings of MEC Chairman Justice Maxon Mbendera and the Chairperson for the Transport Taskforce for the Elections, Principal Secretary for Administration (OPC), Clement Chinthu Phiri who were all present at KIA.

The two were synonymous as they gave the assurances to the people of Malawi that everything which needed to be done to ensure that the elections are done according to plan has be done, and asked all Malawians to come and exercise their right to vote by participating in the polls on the 20th of May.

"I want to assure members of the press and particularly members of various political parties that we have enough vehicles to move the materials to all parts of the country and we do hope by the end of the day all materials would have been dispatched to the respective stations where they are supposed to be," said Chinthu Phiri.

The Chairperson of the Transport Taskforce for the Elections, which is comprised of members of OPC and MEC staff, also said they have summoned adequate security detail to make sure the materials are safe.

"We have some contingency measures which we have put in place in case we need more vehicles. You have looked around and you can testify that we have enough security that has been provided to ensure that all these materials are taken to their safely to their destinations," he said.

The MEC Chairman echoed Chinthu Phiri in his remarks and assured Malawians that they should have no reason to doubt that the elections are taking place next Tuesday.

"I am very glad to report and to associate myself with the assurances that have come from the mouth of the PS for Administration in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Clement Chithu Phiri, that we have enough transport and we have put logistics in place to take these materials across the country.

"Malawians be assured that elections are coming on the 20th which is on Tuesday next week and you have no reason to doubt that the elections are taking place," said Justice Mbendera.

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