By Chisomo Phiri
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has announced that it has now finally moved its head offices from Blantyre to the Capital City in Lilongwe.
The move marks the end of the journey that started some seven years ago.
According to the commission,the new head office which is situated at Development House, Plot No. 13/5 Off-Independence Drive, at City Centre is now operational.
The office space was formerly occupied by the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA).
The relocation was one of the electoral and institutional reforms the electoral body proposed as part of reducing the commission’s operational costs by 30 percent.
In January this year, MEC director of media and public relations, Sangwani Mwafulirwa told local media that the decision to relocate the electral body’s head offices to Lilongwe from Blantyre would ensure centrality as regards the coordination of the commission’s activities.
Currently, plans are also in the pipeline to relocate head offices of Immigration Department and Judiciary which are all in Blantyre.