Chikwawa district council has put in place plans to register over 200, 000 registrants in the voter registration exercise for the 2019 tripartite elections.
Chikwawa falls under the 4th phase of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) voter registration exercise which begins from 16 to 29 August, 2018.
Speaking to Malawi News Agency on Wednesday, the district’s Malawi Electoral Commission Clerk, Maria Nchawa said her office in partnership with other stakeholders at district level, have planned for mass awareness campaigns which will likely increase turn out for the voter registration exercise.
“As you know our registration phase is coming this August, we have partnered with various stakeholders at district level.
“Some awareness campaigns have already began where we have done road shows especially in hotspots, we have briefed most local structures and some Information, Education and Communication materials have been delivered to our office and will be pasted in all vantage places across the district,” she said.
Commenting on the matter, Chikwawa District Coordinator for National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust, Joseph Chamambala said his office had put in place a vibrant mobilization strategy comprising politicians and chiefs to make sure that all eligible voters for the May 2019 tripartite elections registered in the exercise.
“We have learnt a big lesson from what happened in some districts of the central region where they experienced low turnout and I am sure this won’t be the case for the Shire Valley.
He further called for concerted efforts to register a success in the August voter registration exercise.