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Mec Calls For Voter Registration

Mec Calls For Voter Registration

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Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has appealed to registered voters to verify their details in the voters’ roll as the third phase of the voter verification exercise starts today. The third phase of the exercise will cover Mangochi , Balaka , Machinga , Zomba , Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Phalombe, Thyolo and Luchenza Municipality and is expected to end on December 30. In a statement yesterday, MEC chief elections officer Sam Alfandika also encouraged registrants to visit the centres where they had registered. He urged political party leaders to mobilise their supporters to go and verify their details in large numbers before the exercise closes so that they take part in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. Said Alfandika: “The commission is also appealing to all candidates and polit
Opposition Gang Up Against Govt On Electoral Reforms Bill

Opposition Gang Up Against Govt On Electoral Reforms Bill

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Opposition members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday took government to task for not including the Electoral Reforms Bill in the upcoming events on the Order Paper, saying government lied to the nation that it would tackle the Bill in the current sitting. Standing on a Point of Order, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Chief Whip Lobin Lowe wondered why there was no mention of the Electoral Reforms Bill on the Order Paper even on the upcoming events despite government promising that the Bill would be tabled in the current sitting. “There is no Electoral Reforms Bill on the order paper or even in the upcoming events in the order papers. Why is this so?” he said. In response, Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya said from the communication he had from the Business Committee of Parliament
Inactive Political Parties To Be Deregistered

Inactive Political Parties To Be Deregistered

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Inactive political parties are about to be deregistered following concerns of low party participation during elections. Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Jane Ansah has on a number of occasions expressed concern on how most political party prefer to not take part in by elections and only in general elections. The most recent was during the announcement of the results of the by elections which were held last month the Chairperson emphasised on the need for dormant parties to participate in elections so to positively contribute to the country’s democracy. In a country where there are over 50 registered political parties all claiming to want to develop Malawi, one has to question how party participation in elections can be so low. Political analyst Happy Kayuni says register
Back To Old Ways: MCP Rain Havoc In Nsanje Ahead Of By-Elections

Back To Old Ways: MCP Rain Havoc In Nsanje Ahead Of By-Elections

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Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is failing to prove it has over the years re-branded itself from its dictatorial habits to reformed democratic grouping as it rained terror on the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rally.  Meanwhile, police in the district have arrested six MCP supporters in relation to the incident. The supporters are suspected to have caused incited violence at a DPP rally which was addressed by the party's regional officials. Police say they are hunting for the other remaining suspect. 80 Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers are currently said to be camping at Bangula to calm the tension. Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) will hold by-elections in Nsanje Lalanje constituency on October 17.NE
USA And UK Support Malawi’s By-Elections

USA And UK Support Malawi’s By-Elections

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United States of America Ambassador and UK High Commissioner in Malawi have supported the country's preparations for the by-elections set for October this year and 2019 general elections. In a join-statement issued on Tuesday, signed by U.S. Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, and the UK High Commissioner to Malawi, Holly Tett, the two countries described Malawi's democratic record as a model for Africa and beyond. “Malawi's democratic record is a model for Africa and beyond. As Malawi's development partners, we support Malawi's preparations for another round of democratic elections (by-elections and general elections in 2019), a core component of which are free and fair campaigns. We urge all parties to respect the rights of their opponents to stand for election and campaign freely,”