Grand Coalition dares Malawi Electoral Commission on credible elections

The members of the Civil Society Grand Coalition under the leadership of Council For Non Governmental Organisation (CONGOMA) have expressed  serious worries, anxiety and concerns over some emerging trends and challenges related to the electoral events on the road towards the  May  tripartite elections.

In a Statement released on Saturday, the CSOs are seeking to raise awareness to various stakeholders and the general citizenry in the governance processes of the elections in order to generate debate and honest dialogue that will ensure credible, free, fair, transparent and peaceful electoral processes before, during and after May 2014.

In the statement the CSOs confirms the significance of the 2014 tripartite elections in relation to the socio-economic and political development of this country.

Voice Mhone:  Wary

Voice Mhone: Wary

The CSOs are concerned over the unsettled voters’ registration statistics.

“MEC has received complaints in numerous meetings to harmonize figures and provide justification to the total of 7, 500,000 registered voters.  Many stakeholders feel this figure is on the higher side and may imply deliberate bloating of the figures to the advantage of someone or some political party,” reads the statement.

The CSOs are of the fear that the unresolved figures might leave a lot of speculation as to what the real figures are  and if bloated, what the intention is.

CSOs says Malawians deserve more quality work and approach to the voters roll verification exercise.

The CSOs have also beamoned unequal playing field through the abuse of the public broadcasters favouring Peoples Party (PP).

According to MEC use of public resources in conducting political rallies under the banner of development rallies whilst we observe that public resources which are supposed to serve government assignments are being used in political rallies across the nation is prohibited.

“Government motor vehicles and human resource have been spotted in political rallies some of which have their number plates replaced with ordinary number plates for the public not to recognize them,”reads the statement in part.

The statement has been signed by Congoma Chair Voice Mhone.

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