Chiefs Warned Against Partisan Politics

By Taonga Nyirend, MANA Acting Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe of Rumphi has warned chiefs under his jurisdiction not to be involved in active politics by campaigning for specific political parties. Chief Chikulamayembe was speaking during electoral stakeholders meeting held at his headquarters at Bolero, which drew aspirants from various political parties, traditional leaders and police. He argued that campaigning for political candidate was a violation of chief’s code of conduct during elections. Ironically, the warning comes barely two weeks after…

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Police Warn Against Electoral Violence

By Blackson Mkupatira, MANA Officer-In-Charge for Mulanje Police Station, Kelvin Mulezo has warned that all perpetrators of political violence during the campaign period for the May 21 general elections would be arrested. Mulezo said the police establishment has already started receiving complaints of misconduct by some political parties. He said the arrests would not spare anyone based on political party affiliation. Speaking during a multi-party liaison committee (MPLC) meeting on Tuesday in the district, Mulezo cautioned that law enforcers…

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MEC Warns Against Abuse of Voter Registration Certificates

By Yamikani Yapuwa, MANA Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has expressed concern over candidates and political parties who are allegedly recording voter certificates to identify beneficiaries of their campaign materials. In a statement issued Wednesday, MEC’s Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika said much as the conduct cannot compromise the integrity of the voters register, it  has created unnecessary confusion, tension, discomfort and suspicion among electoral stakeholders, with some fearing that this could be a calculated move to manipulate voters. “MEC…

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Faith Community to Pray for Peaceful Tripartite Elections

By Sam Majamanda Phalombe District Interfaith Aids Committee (DIAC) will conduct prayers in preparation for the May 21 Tripartite Elections on Wednesday next week. Organising committee chairperson Sheikh Abdullah Sitolo said they want to pray against “evil spirits that influence undesirable elements during elections in many countries in the world.” Sitolo said while the country has always managed to conduct peaceful elections, it was still necessary to pray for this year’s elections in particular. “We have invited all political…

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Fake News Haunt MEC

By George Mponda Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has warned all candidates who will be competing in the forthcoming tripartite elections against believing in false news being spread through social media. Commissioner for MEC, Very Reverend Killion Mgawi issued the warning in Dedza during the vetting of ballot paper templates by candidates in the district on Wednesday. “The commission would like to make it clear and urge you to always check and verify information you receive. I am therefore, appealing…

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Floods Affect MEC Operations

By Yamikani Yapuwa Malawi Electoral Commission has disclosed that the recent floods that occurred in the Southern Region significantly affected its operations. According to a press release issued on Tuesday, MEC’s Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika said the commission has rescheduled ballot paper vetting exercise in some districts as candidates were unable to travel to their respective councils due to severe weather. “Being an election period, the operations of the commission were also affected. The commission failed to conduct…

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‘No Money No Vote’

By Leonard Masauli, MANA The battle towards achieving 50:50 campaign for female aspirants in the May 21 Tripartite Elections seems not to be an easy ride in Karonga as communities of Mwenilondo in Karonga District continue to ask for handouts for them to vote. The community members expressed their sentiments Thursday at Mwenilondo during a 50:50 campaign meeting which was organised by Foundation for Community Support Services (FOCUS) and attended by faith leaders and traditional leaders. The meeting aimed…

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External Auditors to Verify Poll Results

By Sarah Munthali, MANA Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Commissioner Bishop Mary Nkosi has said  the Commission has plans to engage external auditors to verify the results when they are returned to constituency returning officers, so that the voters are well accounted for before they go to the main tally centre. ”We will put a tender to engage external auditors to verify the results, and the auditors to all 193 constituencies, this is important because we want our results credible,…

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MEC Disowns ‘Fake’ Press Statement On Number of Candidates for Parties

By Yamikani Yapuwa, MANA Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has appealed to Malawians to disregard a statement circulating on social media about the number of candidates for political parties in the country. Reacting to the statement on Wednesday, MEC’s Director of Public Relations and Media, Sangwani Mwafulirwa described the statement as fake, saying it has not originated from the commission. “This is to inform you that the statement currently in circulation regarding the above subject has not originated from the…

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Female Candidates Warned Against Electoral Violence

By Tionge Kasolota, MANA District Elections Officer for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in Mangochi, Rodrick Kazembe has urged women aspiring for parliamentary and local government positions to avoid violence during electoral campaign period. He made the call on Wednesday during an interface meeting organized by the 50:50 Campaign Management Agency between the women aspirants and electoral stakeholders held in the district in preparation for a solidarity march against violence. Kazembe said once the campaign period is officially opened, for…

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