MEC Commissioner and Neno DC MEC Commissioner and Neno DC - pic by Steve Kalungwe

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Monday had an interactive session with the Neno District Multi Party Liaison Committee and the District Elections  Supervisory Team on the establishment of Voter Registration and Constituency Tally Centres ahead of the June, 2025 Tripartite Election.

Speaking at the interface, MEC Commissioner Professor Emmanuel Fabiano said the meeting was meant to report back to the key electoral stakeholders on what the commission gathered in March when it came to the district to solicit views on the new tally and registration centres.

Commissioner Fabiano told Zodiak Online that "each and every constituency and ward gave us some information on what it could need to be changed or looked into since we established new constituencies, wards and boundaries, so today we came to report on that."

The report which the Commission has presented to Neno, has indicated new tally centres in all the three constituencies namely Neno North will have Chikonde Teachers Training Centre (TDC), Neno East will have its centre at Kasenjere TDC while Neno South results will be tallied up at Ligowe TDC.

The MEC official, has however told the stakeholders that by law, no health post or centre is to be used as a polling station or tally centre hence identifying the Tally Centres that are convenient to all.

In his remarks, Neno North Constituency member of parliament Thoko Tembo of the Democratic Progressive Party says the new registration stations will help reduce the distance that people travel to access a polling centre.

Tembo however feels the new registration centres will help beat voter apathy saying Neno has a bad terrain that makes traveling difficult and costly thereby forcing people to loss their right to vote.

The DPP parliamentarian while acknowledging the current economic landscape, has applauded the people of Neno for not losing trust and is calling on them to exercise their right to vote in 2025 as a way of emancipating themselves out of the current economic status Malawi is sailing in.

Senior chief Mlauli and his counterpart, Symon have also agreed to sensitize their people that chief's jurisdictions will not be affected by the current change in constituency and ward boundaries saying their areas remain unchanged.

Mlauli said that what the MEC Commissioner Emmanuel Fabiano has told them is true that " people vote for politicians and not for chiefs which means our land won't be tampered and our subjects will remain the same,".

Some people in Neno have been voicing concerns over delays by the Malawi National Registration Bureau (NRB) to issue out new National Identify Cards which is a major tool for one to vote.

In response, Neno District Commissioner Hudson Kuphanga says he will officially write NRB on the matter saying the issue also came to his attention.

"We know Neno is a difficult place to reach, so if these cards are being delayed, that might make it difficult for some people to vote: missing the voting exercise in 2025 is not on," worried the DC.

Some of the party officials who came to the meeting include those from the Malawi Congress Party, United Democratic Front, People's Party, Democratic Progressive Party and the UTM among others.

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