Commission Cautious on Boundary Demarcations

Commissioner Liwewe - the exercise is sensitive Commissioner Liwewe - the exercise is sensitive - pic by Hezekiah Namonde

The Electoral Commission has cautioned district demarcation committees not to take instructions from any office apart from the Commission on how to conduct the review of constituency and ward boundaries.

The commission has also urged the committees not to keep information from stakeholders to avoid suspicions of foul play and attempts to sabotage the process.

Commissioner Olivia Liwewe said this in Blantyre on Wednesday during training of the committees.

“This exercise is more sensitive than holding the election itself. We want this exercise to be transparent than the one conducted in 1998.

“What we are determined to achieve is to see all constituencies having at least the same number of voters. We know speculations and accusations will be there but we will conduct the exercise in accordance with the law,” she said.

Balaka District Commissioner, Dr. Macloud Kadam’manja, says the last demarcation exercise took place 23 years ago; hence, the need for the training for success of the forthcoming exercise.

“The previous exercise was done in a hurry and we have challenges. You will find that two or three traditional authorities fall within one constituency. The training will therefore equip us with appropriate skills to correct those errors,” he said.

The country is expected to have 35 more constituencies after the exercise, bringing the total number to 228.

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