Chairperson for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Dr. Jane Ansah has urged the electorate in the northern region to ensure that they verify their names during the ongoing voter verification exercise.
Speaking Monday in an interview after conducting supervision visits to some voter verification centers in Chitipa, Ansah said the commission is pleased to note that some registered voters were verifying their names through Short Message Service (SMS).
She said the use of mobile phone messaging, has contributed to increased number of people having their names verified.
“All registered voters need to verify their names for them to be assured of their participation in the 2019 Tripartite Elections,” said Ansah.
She said over 300,000 registered voters had verified their names through SMS by the end of phase three of the exercise.
‘‘We are pleased to note that the exercise is going on well despite a few irregularities,” said Ansah.
She said there have been no cases of missing registered voters since the commencement of the exercise.
‘’This is a confirmation that despite being the first time for the commission to register people through the biometric registration, the voters register is clean and credible,’’ said Ansah.
After the supervision exercise, the MEC chairperson, together with some District Elections Taskforce Team (DEST) for Chitipa donated assorted items to expectant women at Chitipa District Hospital where she encouraged the women to vote during the forthcoming tripartite elections.
In his remarks, District Nursing Officer for Chitipa, Seleman Kondowe commended Ansah for donating to the women and for taking the voter verification exercise awareness to the hospital.-MANA