MEC meets APM, JB, Chilima, Atupele Muluzi on upcoming voter verification exercise and nomination of candidates

By Duncan Mlanjira The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has embarked on a process of meeting and engaging political party leaders ahead of the May 20th tripartite elections in which it is giving the presidents an update on the just-ended voter registration exercise and also a briefing on the upcoming voter verification exercise and nomination of candidates. The process started on Tuesday with meeting the State President Peter Mutharika at State House in Lilongwe and former President and leader of…

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Road to 2019: Over 300 Youth to Contest in May 2019 Polls

About 300 youth aspirants are expected to contest in the 2019 Tripartite Elections,   in what activists are describing as  youth-dominated Elections. This is according a None Governmental Organisation in Mzuzu  Youth  and Society (YAS). Executive Director for YAS Charles Kajoloweka said this  at Illala Lodge in  Mzuzu on Tuesday during a  meeting  with media representatives in Mzuzu under the umbrella body Nyika Media Club aimed at garnering media  support for the Youth Decide 2019 Campaign (YD-2019)  . “We are…

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MEC Applauds Govt, Donors Support

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson, Jane Ansah, has commended the Government of Malawi and donors through Basket Fund for the financial support they are rendering to address the K7.5 billion deficit which the commission had. Ansah said on Monday in response to the inquiry by the Malawi News Agency reporter sent to her through WhatsApp on MEC’s financial deficit ahead of the 2019 tripartite elections. In May this year (2018), MEC chairperson told journalists in Blantyre after meeting President…

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UTM,MCP Modern Thomas Didymus

It is no longer a secret that Mighty Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will win with a landslide victory in the forth coming 2019 Tripartite Elections, take it or leave it but mark my words. For starters, in a space of three years (2016-2019) research and survey specialists have predicted victories for Mighty DPP and law professor President Mutharika but still we have some few Thomas Didymus. The trending survey which has confused and surprised Mighty DPP’s opponents by the…

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MEC Scoops MISA Transparency Assessment Award

Malawi Electoral Commission MEC Tuesday scooped the 2017/18 Misa Transparency Assessment   Golden Key Award after beating eight other public institutions for their outstanding performance of providing information to the public. The presentation of the MISA Transparency Assessment results was done at Bridge View Hotel in Lilongwe Nine Public Institutions which were assessed by MISA-Malawi on how they are providing information to the public through various platforms like websites, face book pages, Twitter, LinkedIn, Whatsapp, Instagram and YouTube during 2017/2018…

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MEC Drills Committees on Conflict Management

Members of the Multiparty Liaison Committee (MPLC) have been equipped with skills on conflict management in order to resolve political disputes ahead of the Tripartite Elections next year (2018). The training was organised by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC). The committee, which comprises members from various political parties and stakeholders involved in the election, among others, discussed how to negotiate in times of conflicts, handle complaints by following the stipulated procedures and also identify electoral offences and their related…

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Preparing to Lose: Opposition Monitors Shun Registration Exercise

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has bemoaned absence of opposition party Monitors at registration centres in Chiradzulu, saying this compromises credibility of elections. This was said during a visit to seven registration centres in the on-going voter registration exercise, where only Democratic Progressive Party, DPP, Monitors were found. However, Malawi Congress party, MCP managed to deploy Monitors in five centres while United Democratic Front, UDF, had one Monitor, at the toured centres. Some organizations like Church and Society as well…

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No Sacred Cows in DPP Primaries

The Mighty Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has hinted that it will not shield any candidate during the party’s primary elections scheduled to start on October 8, 2018. DPP Secretary General Grezelder Jeffrey said this Friday during a media briefing in Lilongwe a head of the Party’s primary elections in northern region districts. She said the Party’s’ National Governing Council (NGC) had agreed in their last meeting that no candidate should be shielded by the party machinery during the primary…

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Low Voter Turn-Out Worries Ansah

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it is not impressed with phase 6 of voter registration scheduled to end on Tuesday this week. Chairperson for the Commission, Justice Jane Ansah expressed concern over the low turnout in most registration centres in Zomba. After visiting some registration centres on Monday in Zomba, Ansah said the district had registered few voters during the registration exercise which started on September 19. “What we have observed is a low turnout in most centres although…

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Mozambican Arrested for Attempting to Register in Malawi

Police in Mulanje have arrested a 25 – year – old Mozambican National identified as Paul Daniel and his Malawian counterpart Maxwell John for allegedly giving false information to officers during voter registration. The arrest comes barely a week after Mulanje Assistant District Registrar (ADR) Wellington Karambo advised monitors to be vigilant as Mozambicans would want to take advantage of the loopholes in the ongoing voter registration to acquire the Malawi National Identity (ID) Card. Mulanje Police Station Public…

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