Electorates of Chitika Village in Neno have no excuse to stay away from voting

Written by  Enock Naphazi - MEC Stringer
Registered voters of hard-to-reach Chitika Village of Senior Chief Dambe in Neno have  the opportunity to cast their ballot this Tuesday on May 21, 2019 tripartite elections, thanks to Malawi Electoral Commission - MEC for hiring the locals to transport polling materials to the area.
Polling materials transported across Mkulumadzi river Polling materials transported across Mkulumadzi river
The area is cut off from Neno main due to Mkulumadzi river where there is no facility to be used as a bridge to connect on to the other end, a development that compels people to brave the waters by walking into the river.
According to Village headman Chitika the concrete pillars that were erected across the river were washed away in 2013 and since then the village has become a hard to reach area. 
Chitika thanked MEC for opening a polling center in the area saying in the previous elections it was difficult for his people to exercise their right to vote as many of them could not manage to cross the river to the nearest polling centre at Kamoto.
Ireen Kambambe who is one of the registered voters at Chitika said ever since she has never seen a vehicle in the village and the situation turns worse during rainy season as Mkulumadzi river completely disconnects the village from other side of Neno.
Kambambe aged 36, said she is excited that for the first time she will cast her vote in her own area at Chitika polling center.
MEC recorded 147 registered voters from Chitika polling center. Meanwhile all the polling materials have been delivered to all 69 polling centers in the district by Sunday 8 am.
Neno district has two constituencies Neno North and Neno South, and four  wards for councilors Lisungwi and Ligowe in Neno South, Chikonde and Chilibondo in Neno North.
MEC recorded a total of 55,998 registered voters in Neno district.

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