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10 Jul 2019 | 10:05 AM UTC

Malawi: Ongoing protest in Blantyre July 10 /update 12

Malawi News Alert

Ongoing election-related protests in Blantyre July 10; avoid all gatherings

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/12/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Blantyre). COUNTRY/REGION Malawi

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Event

A protest in support of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, Jane Ansah, is ongoing in Blantyre (Southern region) as of Wednesday, July 10. Protesters gathered at 08:00 (local time) at the Old Town Hall for a peaceful solidarity march.

Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are anticipated around the march.

Further election-related demonstrations are also possible in the coming weeks.

Context

Election-related demonstrations organized by opposition supporters have been held since May 26 after voting irregularities were reported during the May 21 general elections. Protesters have notably criticized Ansah and called for her resignation, after being accused of mishandling the presidential elections.

Advice

Individuals in Malawi, particularly in Blantyre, 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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