The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has urged its staff to take the Dedza Central Constituency by-election seriously to avoid electoral glitches.
MEC on Sunday held a training for its staff at Mthandiza Teacher Development Centre ( TDC), in Dedza Central in preparation for the upcoming by-election scheduled for November 16.
Speaking during the occasion, MEC Commissioner, Olivia Mchaju Liwewe urged the staff to be fully prepared having acquired skills through the training on how they can manage elections well.
She said Dedza Central Constituency by-election will be the first to use newly established laws and procedures saying that the by-election is being considered as a litmus test on how the 2025 Tripartite Elections will be managed.
She also made an emphasis to the staff on the need to be neutral despite their political background, saying being neutral is an obligation and their core objective is serving government not political parties.
She encouraged the MEC staff to embrace transparency and accountability and follow principals of fairness in their line of duty.
Liwewe further said professionalism portrayed by the staff will be a positive contributing factor to the entire Malawi Electoral Commission at large.
The Commissioner has also sent a straight warning to those who will be involved in any practice to manipulate results saying that the law will be put into consideration for such individuals.