17 May 2014

Malawi: Parties Satisfied With Arrival of Ballot Papers

Photo: MESN
Supporters of different political parties mingle

Machinga — People's Party (PP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) appreciated the arrival of ballot papers in Machinga, three days before the polling day.

PP district governor for Machinga, Victor Khalaphe, and DPP district governor, Joeman Kandodo, expressed satisfaction on arrival of the papers at Machinga District Council officers during offloading of the papers into the District Commissioner's office Saturday morning.

The ballot papers arrived at the District Commissioner's office Friday night at 10:18 on a Malawi Police Service van registration number MP2186.

The two governors failed to make it at night though Machinga District Council officials and Machinga Police were present to see the van arriving.

Khalaphe said he was impressed with the security that the council has arranged while Kandodo said he was impressed with the timely arrival of the ballot papers.

"This means all is set for the polls," Kandodo said.

Khalaphe said PP has already identified monitors in all the 166 polling centres as Kandodo added that DPP would deploy capable monitors in the centres to ensure every step of the process is monitored.

The PP governor is calling on all PP supporters to remain calm during and after the polls.

Kandondo added that the DPP is peace loving as such all DPP supporters would remain peaceful during polls and after results have been released.

Missing during the offloading of the ballot papers were MCP district governor, Whisky Nonyera and UDF district governor, Yuda Namaona.

MEC officials in Machinga said invitations were sent to all parties in the district to witness the arrival and offloading of the ballot papers.

After offloading, the van carrying the ballot papers returned to Lilongwe for other duties, according to the driver.

In the meantime, orientation for presiding officers and assistant presiding officers is taking place at teacher development centres (TDCs) in all the seven constituencies in Machinga.

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