MEC follows up on the recruitment of polling staff

Written by  Enock Naphazi, MEC Stringer

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has applauded Neno and Mwanza district election coordinators for speedy correction of anomalies that were there during the recruitment of polling staff for the May 21 tripartite elections.

Commisioner Linda Kunje in Neno Commisioner Linda Kunje in Neno

Commissioner Linda Kunje who is also Chairperson of MEC’s Finance Committee made the commendation on Wednesday when she paid a surprise visit to Neno and Mwanza to follow up on the appeal from MEC Chairperson that district election coordinators should revisit polling staff list in their areas and correct all anomalies.


“I am happy that they are aware of exactly what is required and they have received it with the same understanding that we have. They have realized the importance of getting the right people for the job. They have not finalized it but by the end of today will have the final list of recommended polling staff,” said Kunje.


MEC Chief Elections Officer Sam Alfandika advised all District Elections Coordinators to revisit their polling staff list following reports that in other districts guidelines on the recruitment drive was not followed. 


MEC recruitment guidelines for the polling staff states that all presiding officers should be head-teachers of those primary schools that are Polling stations and Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs) should be Deputy Head-teachers of those schools.


The guideline further says if there are more streams calling for more than one APO, the rest of the APOs should be identified from among the teachers within the same school in order of seniority and the rest of the polling staff should also be from the same school.

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