Sunday, May 18, 2014
Malawi Electoral Commission Information Fact Sheet, Election Logistics
.Presidential Race: Country wide
.Parliamentary Election: 193 Constituencies
.Local Government Election: 462 Wards
.Two Local Government Election races postponed due to the death of candidates
.One Parliamentary race postponed due to death of a candidate
FINAL REGISTERED VOTERS
.7, 470, 806
. Polling is conducted at polling-centre locations where voters are directed to one or more polling streams.
Total Polling Centres in Malawi: 4, 445
Total Polling Streams: 11, 626
Maximum Number of Voters Assigned to a Stream: 800
Presidential Contestants: 12 presidential candidates and vice-presidential nominees
Parliamentary Contestants: 17 political parties are contesting, as well as independent candidates
Local Government Election Contestants: 18 political parties, as well as independent candidates are taking part.
.The polling operation will be supported by almost 1900 vehicles drawn from across Malawi's ministries, coordinated through the Office of the President and Cabinet
.The Malawi Defence Force is also providing logistical support in the form of vehicles and aircraft
.The Malawi Electoral Commission has trained and will deploy almost 90, 000 staff to conduct the polling operations.
These members of staff include:
.193 Constituency Returning Officers
.35 District Election Coordinators
.4,445 Presiding Officers
.10, 895 Assistant Presiding Officers
.58, 120 Polling Clerks
.9,750 Security Staff
.800 Quality Control Managers
RESULTS MANAGEMENT AND TALLYING
.Presiding Officers from the 4,445 polling centres will securely transport the results from each centre to a tally centre located in each of the 35 Council locations
.Results will be entered into the computer system and transmitted to the National Tally Centre in Blantyre.
SCHEDULE TO ANNOUNCE RESULTS
.By law, within 8 days after polling day
.May be extended by a decision of the Chairman by up to 72 hours
.Complaints can be made at polling stations with Presiding Officers and resolved at the location.
.Or, if not satisfied, may be appealed to the Malawi Electoral Commission
.After the announcement of the results, within seven days:
. Presidential and Parliamentary complaints may be submitted directly to the High Court as an election petition
.Councillor complaints may be submitted to the Malawi Electoral Commission, and the decision appealed, if necessary, to the High Court.