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MEC yet to pay drivers’ allowances

By Amalawi - Sun Aug 10, 12:28 pm

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Blantyre, Malawi: The Malawi Electoral Commission-Mec says it is doing everything possible to pay allowances to drivers from government departments that worked during polling in May this year.

This comes just a day after some of these drivers went to the commission’s offices demanding their allowances or close the offices.

In reaction to this Malawi Electoral Commission through its Director of Media and Public Relations Sangwani Mwafulirwa said through a press statement that they are trying to do all they can to pay the drivers as soon as possible.

“Funding for paying the drivers was supposed to come from the elections budget through the Treasury. However, the Commission has been unable to pay the drivers due to some technicalities. To that effect the Commission has arranged a meeting this week with the Minister of Finance to discuss this and other outstanding issues.” The statement says.

It further says the Commission will communicate the outcome of the meeting with the minister as to when the polling staff would receive their dues.

“This will also include outstanding June salaries for District Elections Coordinators, Constituency Returning Officers, Drivers, ICT Data Entry Clerks, Stringers, Constituency Civic and Voter Education Assistants and Ware House Clerks.”

It also says that “the general public is assured that it is in the interest of the Commission to pay the temporary staff as soon as possible for the services they rendered and this matter is being treated as a high priority.

“The public should also note that this does not affect teachers who worked on the polling day because their honorarium is being paid from the donor basket funding that is managed by UNDP

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