Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) authorities declared on Thursday that they have sufficient time to prepare for the presidential, parliamentary and local government elections in 2014. The message from MEC Chairperson Anastasia Msosa follows comments from the legal affairs committee of parliament that Malawi is not ready to hold the tripartite elections in 2014 due to financial and time constraints. The committee also feared that rushing the polls will not lead to free, fair and credible general elections thereby proposing for 2019. However, Msosa said the institution’s view is that two years is enough to prepare for a free, fair and credible election.
The MEC chairperson, however said there only challenge is the need for massive civic education for the country’s citizens to have knowledge on how to cast their three ballots. MEC’s stand was made at the National Consultative Stakeholders Workshop Roadmap to 2014 general elections which aimed at finding means and ways towards a conducting a successful tripartite general election.