The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) opposition group has called for a demonstration to take place in Lilongwe on Tuesday, October 1. Protesters are expected to gather at Lilongwe Community Ground and march to Capital Hill to demand the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah.
A heightened security presence and localized transport disruptions are expected along the march route. Violence has broken out at previous HRDC demonstrations and clashes between rival political supporters and security forces are possible.
Election-related demonstrations organized by opposition supporters have been held since May 26, after voting irregularities were reported during the May 21 general elections. Demonstrators have been calling for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah, accusing her of mishandling the presidential elections. While HRDC maintains its demands for Ansah's resignation, there is growing discontent among protesters with President Mutharika and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as a whole.
Individuals in Lilongwe are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and public gatherings, anticipate transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence around the conference site, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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