The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) announced protest marches for Thursday, June 20, across Malawi. Demonstrations will be held in Lilongwe (Central region), Blantyre (Southern region), Zomba (Southern region), and Mzuzu (Northern region) to demand the resignation of Jane Ansah, the head of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) due to irregularities surrounding the May 21 general elections. Localized disruptions are expected along with a heightened security presence. Clashes between protesters and security forces have occurred during previous protests and cannot be ruled out on June 20.
In Lilongwe, demonstrations will begin at the Community Ground near Mchesi and proceed through Mchesi past Kamuzu Central Hospital and end near the Parliament building. Protests in Blantyre will begin at Kamuzu Stadium and end at the city council offices nearby. In Zomba, demonstrations will begin at the Community Ground near Mponda Primary School and proceed to the Zomba District Council offices. Associated protests are possible in other cities. Protesters in Mzuzu will march from Katoto to the city offices near the Mzuzu High Court.
Election-related demonstrations have been held since May 26 after voting irregularities were reported during the May 21 general elections. Police forcibly dispersed protesters on June 6, resulting in several injuries.
Individuals in Malawi, particularly in the abovementioned cities, are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, and avoid all protests and public gatherings.
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