Chikwawa Voters Laud Red Cross Role In Voting Process
The International Red Cross Society is hardly a political organization. But what volunteers from the organization have contributed in the electoral process has left the people of appreciative.
Chikwawa, one of the hottest districts in Malawi, produces a fair share of fainters- a situation that prompted some volunteers with a sharp eye for work to station themselves in polling centres, where the sick were tended to, the frail nurtured.
One of the affected voters, 70 year-old Linily Blair, said she decided to vote after receiving assurances from electoral staff she would be tended to should other eventualities crop in.
It was not long before Blair collapsed, even before joining the queue. She was immediately attended to by a Red Cross crew.
“I thank these people for their help; many of us don’t appreciate their work until something happens to us. They have played a great role in this day’s elections,” she said.
Other voters, too, echoed similar sentiments, saying they received all sorts of medical help, including pain killers and anti-acid medication.
Commisioner Regina Chikoko of the Electoral Commission said, however, there was no need for aged and voters with physical challenges to get worried because the commission improvised for them.
“We arranged that they would receive privileged treatment,” said Chikoko, appreciating, however, the role of other organizations such as Red Cross.