NGO mobilizing community to support female candidate

Bande, Nsanje Central Constituency aspirant

By Andrew Mukhuwa, MEC Stringer

The electorate can make good and informed decisions on who to vote for in the forthcoming May 21 Tripartite Elections if they interact with their aspirants and understand what they will do for them if they are elected into power.

Youth Coalition for Consolidation for Democracy (YCD) Executive Director Francis Folley said this on Saturday at an interface that the organisation organised to let the electorate interact with their aspirant Esmy Bande of Nsanje Central Constituency.

“We wanted to bring the aspirant closer to the voters so that they have a discussion and at the end the voters are able to know what the candidate has in her development agenda,” said Folley.

YCD, which is the 50-50 campaign agent say they want to emphasize to the community that there might be less development if women are  sidelined in decision making positions.

Folley and Bande during the interface

“The meeting has contributed so much to achieving 50-50 campaign message dissemination as people, including traditional leaders, churches and the community at large were eager to hear from their female aspirant and the feeling in general is that they now accept a woman has the capacity to represent them,” he said.

During the interface, the community presented problems they face such as lack of medical drugs and that they are asked to pay money for them to access drugs in public hospitals.

The community asked if the 50-50 campaign management to help the shadow MP all the way to last day of campaigning, saying the road to elections needs material and financial support.

The shadow MP said she would endeavour not to disappoint the people since there are already structures of development that only need political will to be completed.

“I would like to thank YCD for organising this interface and I assure the electorate that I shall facilitate piped water development to enable women access water within their localities,” she said.

Bande is the first female aspirant to contest for post of Member of Parliament in the constituency since multiparty dispensation and is running under Democratic People’s Congress (DEPECO).

During the interface, National Initiative for Civic Education Trust have been involved to help in facilitation to help women understand that women are capable of taking leading positions and can deliver.