The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it will screen the voters’ register in a bid to remove minors from the voters’ roll.

Speaking at a press briefing in Blantyre today, MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said this is in response to concerns that minors have been registered at some registrations centres in the first phase of voter registration.

She mentioned claims by Malawi Congress Party president Lazarus Chakwera that MEC is conniving with the National Registration Bureau to falsify the voter register in a scheme to rig the 2020 elections.

According to Ansah, the commission is weighing the option of using the 2019 voters’ register or take measures to screen the voters’ register that is being created during the current voter registration exercise.

During the screening exercise, MEC will revisit problematic areas and all areas flagged to have been registering minors.

“The commission will invite new registrants to come to flagged to verify their eligibility in terms of age. If the registrants do not come, the commission will treat them as ineligible and will strike them of the voters’ roll,” said Ansah.

She added that monitors and officials of all political parties will be allowed to attend the screening exercise.

Malawians will cast votes on 2 July, 2020 after the High Court in Lilongwe nullified the 2019 presidential election saying it had  many irregularities.

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