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Malawi’s Electoral Commission to dry test results management system ahead of May 21 vote

Malawi’s Electoral Commission (MEC) is scheduled to conduct a dry test of the results management system on Thursday, May 2.

The tests will be conducted at constituency tally centres and during the exercise staff and equipment will be set-up as on election day to help the commission identify weaknesses if any.

A second targeted test will be run again before polling day only for the constituency tally centres where challenges may be encountered during the first test run.

Malawi’s tripartite elections will be held on 21 May 2019 to elect the President, 193 National Assembly members and local government councillors.

A total of ten candidates registered to contest the presidential elections including incumbent President Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who is seeking a second term in office.

Other presidential candidates include main opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Vice-President Saulos Chilima of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) and Atupele Muluziof the United Democratic Front (UDF).

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