By Jordan Simeon-Phiri, MEC Stringer
National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust in Karonga says it plans to embark on massive awareness campaign on women participation in political leadership positions in a democracy as one way of selling them out to voters ahead of the May 21 Tripartite Elections.
In a statement that NICE Karonga District civic education officer Christobel Shaba released, says her office will be doing cinema shows in all wards and constituencies where there are female aspirants to woo support for female aspirant Councillors and Members of Parliament.
“Within the video, there will be a special clip of each candidate. This communication, therefore, is notifying all of you to be readily available for the exercise as we will be visiting wards and constituencies for video shooting starting from February 18,” reads the statement in part.
Shaba said added that her office is also motivated by the figure of 22 of female aspirants in Karonga District, who have submitted their nomination forms to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).
“We want to do a commendable by reaching out to each and every female aspirant in the district. To achieve this, we thought of starting early because we have 22 aspirants in total in Karonga. So covering all these members might take us abit of time,” Shaba said.
One of the female aspirants who will to contest on an independent ticket in Karonga South constituency, Sangwani Nyirenda, described the initiative as a good development.
“I am glad that NICE Trust has lined up such type of activities as one way of supporting our political ambitions. This is a good platform and it will help me to reach out to as many people as possible.
“People will be able to know me, what l stand for as well as my manifesto and campaign strategy,” she said.
Another female aspirant for Rukulu Ward in Karonga North-West constituency, Mercy Mwakyanjala said she is ready to work with NICE Trust to enhance her chances of winning the May 21 elections.
There are five women for the Parliamentary race while 17 ladies are ready to contest as ward Councillors.