At least 200 supporters of the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have gathered at Community Ground in Lilongwe as of 08:43 (local time) on Tuesday, October 1, to demand the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah. Participants are blocking a part of the road, ahead of their march to Capital Hill. Additional protesters are still reportedly arriving in the area.
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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