Police, Army Ready For Dispatch, To Vote
The most interesting sight at government's regional offices for the South today, Tuesday May18, was the scenery of police officers intermingled with Malawi Defense Force (MDF) soulders. The two seldom come together but the May19 elections showed just how much they can bring people together- regional and international elections monitors, former presidents, international journalists and political party monitors.
Today, the two groups met for the purpose of peace maintainance during tomorrow's elections, and the venue was Blantyre District Commissioner's offices.
In the corridors and outside, lorries waited (rather lorry drivers) for the journey to wherever duty sees prudent. A hoarde of journalists, foreign and local, also jumped into the fray of bewildered public members who rushed to behold the spectacle.
According the electoral officials and some of the Malawi Police Service and MDFofficers, they were here to get dispatched, but also cash- up keep is very important during this time- the only time anger must not be allowed to mix with hunger because the results always hinge on inefficiency.
Lorries waited in queue ready for the journey that is closely related with Malawi's destiny during the next five years.
Tomorrow, both civilians and uniform officers go to the polls, too.
Justice Anastasia Msosa, Chairperson for the Electoral Commission, said soulders and police officers will be allowed to vote wheever they will be stationed to respect their right to vote.
"We have already arranged for that because these officers can not leave their stations and vote elsewhere. We also understand that some of them may be stationed very far away from where they registered," said Msosa.