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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MEC Attains 81 Per Cent Voter Registration

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) said Monday that the first five phase of the registration exercise have managed to register 4,655,941 voters. MEC Chairperson,Dr. Jane Ansah disclosed this during a press briefing in Lilongwe when she briefed them on the progress of current voter registration exercise She said the commission has attained 81 percent of the projected 5,770,982 voters for these five phases. “Of the total registered voters, 2,534,432 are women representing 54 percent and 2,121,002 are men representing 46…

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MEC Dispel Rumours of Reopening Registration Centres

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has hinted that it will not re-open registration centres in Blantyre as a result of low voter turnout compared to 2018 projections. MEC Chairperson, Dr. Jane Ansah clarified this Monday during a media briefing in Lilongwe when she outlined on the progress of current voter registration exercise She said thatit is not that true that during the National Elections Consultative Forum (NECOF) held on August 31, 2018 in Blantyre various stakeholders agreed to reopen the…

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Criminal Investigation Cop Goes Missing

Police in Ntcheu have intensified search for their fellow officer who reportedly went missing after he was deployed to monitor voter registration exercise last month (August) at Mwansambe Primary School in Traditional Authority Mpando in the district. Ntcheu Police Publicist, Hastings Chigalu has since asked the public to help in finding the missing cop identified as Felix Mapemba, 37, a criminal investigations officer at Ntcheu Police Station. Chigalu said in an interview with Malawi News Agency on Wednesday that…

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Road to 2019: Women Aspirants Receiving Death Threats

Some women aspirants in Karonga say they are receiving threats from male counterparts commanding them to pull out from the 2019 race immediately or face hurdles. The development was revealed Friday during the training Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Karonga Diocese organized for women aspirants in the district to strengthen their capacity. Mary Mwafulirwa, who wants to contest in the Local Government Elections in Kaporo, said she was being threatened by men, forcing her to withdraw…

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Geoffrey ‘Mr Splash’ Kapusa joins Blantyre City South Race

The battle for parliamentary seat for Blantyre City South will be highly contested as evident with the  joining in of former MBC TV presenter Geoffrey Kapusa ahead of 2019 tripartite elections. In an interview, Kapusa confirmed the development on Thursday and since joined the once main opposition  Malawi Congress Party-MCP. Unlike other people claiming being approached by Chief and some people to represent them, Kapusa said he been has passionate about politics and has vast exposure to various thinking…

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