Category Archives: Media Releases

PUBLIC NOTICE: Phase Two of Voters’ Roll Inspection

THE Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is informing all registered
voters, political parties, civil society organisations and the general
public that the second phase of voter verification will start on Easter
Monday, 21 April, 2014 and end on Friday, 25 April, 2014.

This second phase will cover Mulanje, Machinga, Mangochi, Balaka,
Salima NKhotakota, and all districts in the Northern Region. Centres
will be opening from 8AM to 4PM including lunch hour.

For more details CLICK HERE.

“Malawi’s missed opportunity for electoral reforms threatens to undermine 2014 polls ”

20140415_135027AS Malawi gears up to go to what many are calling the closest electoral race in its history, a new report entitled: “Malawi- Political Participation and Democracy,” has pointed to the missed opportunity for electoral reforms in the country.

It states that the First Past The Post (FPTP) electoral system does not appear to be serving Malawi well.  And ‘losers’ have ended up being crowned ‘winners’ in general elections.

Currently Malawi’s electoral rules states that any person vying for political office is deemed the winner based on a simple majority.In essence, one can be a winner of an election without a mandate, as was the case in 1994 with former president Muluzi, who received only 47% of the vote.

Ten years later this trend was repeated by late Bingu wa Mutharika, who garnered only 36% of the vote, yet still went on to be president, (although in 2009 Mutharika had 66% of the vote).  In essence 64% of electorates rejected him, but because of the FPTP system, he ended up being at the helm of government. Continue reading

PUBLIC NOTICE: Resumption of Voters Roll Insepection

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is informing all registered
voters, political parties, civil society organisations and the general
public that it has worked on the inconsistencies that were
discovered in the voters roll and it is now ready to resume the
The first phase of the exercise will start from Wednesday, April 9 to
Sunday, April 13, 2014.

For more details CLICK HERE

[Updated] VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Voluntary Data Officer

MEIClogoSmallOpportunity base: Blantyre, Malawi

Opportunity closing date: 12 March, 2014

Opportunity type: Short-term Voluntary

Elections have been long considered to be a critical process in the life of any democratic State. The regular holding of free, fair and credible elections is, therefore, seen and understood as strong adherence to the tenets of democracy – majority rule, freedom and progress.

The advent of new communication technologies has revolutionised the approach to electoral process, with various possibilities for enhanced transparency and accountability arising. That is why we have set up the Malawi Election Information Centre (MEIC), with the aim of running an Election Situation Room during Malawi’s tripartite elections in May 2014.

About the Role

As a Data Officer, you will be responsible for data entry, data analysis and monitoring the real time performance of short-term observers deployed across the country. In this role, you will also produce customised reports for regular presentation to specific MEIC stakeholders. You will work closely with the Media and ICT teams and report to the Project Manager: ICT. Continue reading


WHEREAS the Malawi Electoral Commission ‘hereinafter called the Commission’ received nomination papers from aspiring Parliamentary candidates in all the Constituencies in the Republic of Malawi at diverse Council Headquarters throughout the Republic from 10th to 14th February, 2014;

WHEREAS the Commission analysed all the nomination papers of all the Parliamentary candidates;

WHEREAS the Commission took cognizance of the qualifications and disqualifications of a Parliamentary candidate in accordance with the following: Continue reading