To ensure maximum security during and after the polling day in the tripartite elections next week, Malawi Police Service (MPS) says has teamed up with Malawi Defence Force (MDF), Malawi Prison Service and Immigration Department for the cause.
MPS National Police Public Relations Officer, James Kadadzera told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Wednesday that during elections, it is likely political tension may rise due to various reasons among the electorate.
Kadadzera said as a result police have engaged officers from other security agencies such as MDF, Prison and Immigration to help in ensuring that there is peace and stability during the elections.
“As police, we are very ready. Right now, some security officers have already been deployed to all the polling centres across the country to strengthen security throughout the process,” he said.
“Besides, MPS has teamed up with other security agencies such as MDF, Immigration and Prison officers to execute the required security tasks,” Kadadzera added.
Kadadzera disclosed that apart from police officers manning polling centres, the security organ has also assigned other police officers to carry out general duties of protecting people’s homes and property.
“This is a deliberate move because we do not want to create insecurity gaps for robbers who may wish to take advantage of this period to commit all sorts of crimes,” said Kadadzera.
He, therefore, advised the general public to report to police if they notice any act of misconduct by individuals either at polling stations or in respective communities.
Over 6.8 million registered people are expected to cast their votes next week on Tuesday, May 21 in the sixth democratic elections to choose local government representatives, parliamentarians and president.