MEC to facilitate MISA-Malawi polls: Two horse race Kasakula faces Khanje

This coming Saturday is no ordinary day for journalists in Malawi, as they go to the polls to elect leaders for the media body, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter.

Face off for Misa top post: Kasakura (left) and Khanje

Face off for Misa top post: Kasakura (left) and Khanje

The polls this year have drawn unprecedented attention and hype as two senior journalists, Thom Khanje of Times Group and George Kasakula of the Nation Publications Limited are set to battle it for the chairmanship.

The battle for the chairperson has rekindled the old rivalry for supremacy between the two giant publishing houses and MISA has engaged the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to facilitate the polls.

MEC spokesperson, Sangwani Mwafulirwa confirmed in an interview with Nyasa Times that the MEC will facilitate the polls on Saturday and was currently finalising the logistics with the media watchdog.

Mwafulirwa said his organisation offers such services on demand as part of the corporate social responsibility and contribution to strengthen corporate governance in institutions with elected leadership.

“We have done this to several political parties and membership based institutions that have approached us to assist. Wherever we have done it there have been no queries of irregularities and all candidates have always agreed with the outcomes,” he said.

Mwafulirwa added that institutions that want MEC to help them with elections they should contact the electoral body in time so as to plan well for logistics.

“We don’t charge for this services  but when there are costs incurred sometime we would ask the institution to cover them. When an organisation wants us to assist  we demand to be given the voters’ roll and list of candidates in good time,” he said.

For the vice chairperson there are three contestants; Jacob Jimu, a former employee of The Nation and now university lecturer; Cheu Mita, also formerly of The Nation and Yvonnie Sundu, currently working with The Nation in Lilongwe.

Five names have lined up for a single committee member position and they include Winie Botha of MBC, Alfred Chauwa of Nyasa Times, Edward Kuwacha of Nkhotakota Community Radio, Luciano Milala of Mudziwathu Community Radio  in Mchinji and Frank Namangale of The Nation.

In the past MEC was also facilitating elections for the former Peoples Party, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the Malawi Congress Party.

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25 thoughts on “MEC to facilitate MISA-Malawi polls: Two horse race Kasakula faces Khanje”

  1. Moses maganga says:

    Go my teacher George

  2. Sinthani says:

    Baba Kasakula yemweyo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Federalist says:

    Unfortunately, I am not a journalist, so I will not be able to deny anti-North Kasakula my vote. I therefore urge all profederal scribes to choose the lesser evil Khanje.

  4. Bwampini wa Muthanyura says:

    All mature and professional journalists will vote for George Kasakura. Achibwana onse cha nchombo lende e e akavotera Khanje. One can tell this by posts and comments on a public enabled facebook group page specially created for this election.

  5. Kaya says:

    Why u take mec gate kkkkkkkkkk u c pitala z a president coz of ha Malawi u r still sleeping ok kaya zanu izo.

  6. ng'eng'a says:

    Amalawi kuvetsa chisoni kod MEC sum’maidziwa/w@? Ine nde sindizavotanso coz anthu amenewa nde anandikwana hevy..tingodikilira tidzaone amene adzalire dis tym kkkkk

  7. Patriot says:

    nde muzamva kuti zonse awina ndi a zodiak uku mbendera akulira

  8. Peter Phiri says:

    Thom Khanje yemweyo. Very humble, ofikilika? Visionary and good leadership skills among others. Enawa amawoneka ngati? Ngati anali patsogolo kukana kuti membership fee ikwere ndiye apanga chani. We want our group MISA Malawi to be at the highest level. LETS VOTE FOR THOM KHANJE.

  9. hfty says:

    Thom kuti wawawa!! thom is the man, opanda matukutuku, vice wake yvonne sundu

  10. Mphondo says:

    George Kasakula don’t forget your promise of taking the table mountain bill to Peter. Ukampase pamanja zawusilu ayi.

  11. hsdsdsdsd says:

    Kodi iwe Sangwani ulipobe?

  12. Phwetse Gadabwali says:

    Pafunika Judge Maxsom Mbwendemu kuti zikayernde bwino uku akukhetsa kansozi polengeza zotsatila kikiki

  13. chimwendo says:

    MEC MEC MEC chonde musandikumbutse 20 may 2014 wina ndithu alila apa atabeledwa chisankho chimenechi shaaaaaaaaaaaa! mayo ine.

  14. MisaVoter says:

    #TeamKHANJE. All those that want a genuine, inclusive, action laden, and beneficial MISA for journalists in Malawi, will VOTE THOM KHANJE. Si za nalogue za enawo ayi. Iyi ndi digital.

    1. hfty says:

      Iwe. Bell, za analog ndi digital wazibweresanso pa nyasa times. Koma sutopa mnyamata iwe

  15. Akusokonezeran masankho awa amene ali ndi mpamba ndi amene awine coz mbendera anasandutsa MEC chida chosakila ndalama

  16. ANALYST says:

    George Kasakula is the man! Fellow journalists on the “Voters roll”, vote for Thom Khanje at your own peril!!!!!! Dont say I didnt warn you……………….

  17. Gertrude says:

    Inde, Kasakula yemweyo , kuti wa wa wa!

  18. Namihavani says:

    MEC will rig again for Thom Khanje their DPP Boy

  19. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    Which MEC? The same one? May be because this is a tiny election, the may do a just job. Also, since it does not involve a lot of money, does not havaffiliates to the chairman and does

  20. Kizito Boys says:

    Go team George Kasakula – Gooo!!

  21. Sinthani says:

    Really? MEC is a failed institutions. Expect rigging of the highest order.

  22. Malunza says:

    Kasakula is the man. Tough times need tough men for leaders and Kasakula has what it takes.

  23. Dzukani a Malawi. says:

    Kasakula ameneyo basi man of courage, accountable,transparency.

  24. citizen says:

    beware of MEC, history can repeat itself.

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