19 May 2014

Malawi: Electoral Commissioner Promises Free and Fair Elections

The chairman of Malawi's Electoral Commission (MEC) says the electoral body is fully prepared to administer the country's first tripartite elections scheduled for Tuesday.

Over 7 million prospective Malawian voters registered to vote in the presidential, legislative and local elections.

Justice Maxon Mbendera says ballot papers and other materials needed for the election have been distributed nationwide in readiness for the elections. He vowed the vote will be transparent, and credible that would meet international standards.

"We are ready to administer these elections," said Mbendera. "I will tell you that even without any sense of equivocation. I will vouch for these elections. They are transparent, they would be free, they will certainly be fair."

Mbendera called on Malawians to come out in large numbers to choose their leaders in an election he promises would be free and fair adding that the vote would be better than previously held elections in the Southern African country.

According to Malawi's electoral law, there would be no run-off.

"We used what we call the first past the post," said Mbendera. "So, it is rally the one who has a bigger aggregation of votes that takes the presidency. It doesn't matter what sort of percentage it is."

Source: VOA

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