UDF says 50+1 electoral system needs more civic education

United Democratic Front (UDF) says there is need for intensive civic education on 50+1 formula of electing president before it is adopted as the electoral system can be confusing.

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Ndanga: People need to be sensitised

UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga said this when he contributed during a phone in programme on Capital Radio.

“People must be told how the system works, they must be told that the system encourages political alliances,” said Ndanga.

He said his party, which is in alliance with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party in parliament has not yet done civic education to its supporters on the system, saying it is premature as the law is yet to be drafted.

“We have discussed this issue at the national executive level, not much at regional level but we are yet to get to the grassroots,” he said, adding 2019 might be too a short time to implement the system.

Most callers who were mostly from southern region, the stronghold of the ruling DPP said the status quo of first-past-the-post system should be maintained whilst most callers from the central region, the stronghold of opposition Malawi Congress Party said there was need for the new system to be implemented.

There were no calls from the north.

The Law Commission is yet to come up with a draft bill on the new system.

President Peter Mutharika said recently there was need for wide consultations on the system before it becomes law and subsequently effected and implemented.

 

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12 thoughts on “UDF says 50+1 electoral system needs more civic education”

  1. amangwetu says:

    does this party exist?

  2. Misheck Kamwamba says:

    DPP + UDF =65%

  3. The Partriot says:

    Chipani ichi chinathadi ngati makatani! What aspect about the 50+1% will confuse the people? This is a very simple issue, kungowauza anthu mavoti avote koma ngati palibe awine 50+1% , the top 2 will battle it out second round, very simple! Most countries have adopted the system and it works. Kapena a Ndanga mukuona ngati a Malawi ndife opusa?
    In any case its not suprising for a Southern based party to oppose the 50+1% system, the Southerners have benefited most from the status quo, with their presidential candidates winning by 28 to 36% in a National poll. The 50+1% system will make minority presidents history. It will enccourage alliances between regions and no region will get a lions share of government positions as is the case at the moment.

  4. jolozakapokola says:

    Opposition, this is your time to change things. Get this to parliament and pass it. Deal done! Any results below..re-run basi….kulibe zoberanso…If you miss now..forget….because these guys azabera ma mp and they will be in majority..basi mulimmazi next time…

  5. OBAMA says:

    GUYS THIS KEN NDANGA IS A MAD PERSON. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT OF HIM. THEY ARE BEING USED AS CONDOMS AND WILL DUMP THEM. NOW IT IS ONLY THEIR PRESIDENT WHO IS BENEFITING IF YOU ASK HIM THAT DID UDF PAY YOU FUEL ALLOWANCE TO COME TO RADIO STATION AND TALK THOSE SHIT THE ANSWER IS ZERO.

    What do you mean to say need more time of what and by who and which consultation are you talking about.????? The Electoral Commission and Law commission are already doing that what do you mean Ken???

    You mean 50% + 1 is difficult to explain to people?? In fact this is a system which is being adopted in many countries. This system encourages even the president to consider all the citizens the same because he knows even the people in the other regions voted for him. We are always left behind and that is why Rafiq Hajat said that in Malawi there is a group of people politicians who call themselves elite and boast that we control the country. These are the people who destroys the country. This system removes the regionalism and tribalism tendencies because in this game even the minority matters. where there is major parties or regions will also need the votes from the despised minority in order to win elections. Bwana Ndanga the 50%+1 is not something that need civic education in fact it is you the politicians who confuses people on the grassroot.

    Malawi need 50%+1 system of voting because all the rights of people will be respected. It encourages alliances and inclusiveness because not only one section of tribe should be ruling the country simply because their tribe is in majority. Malawians wake up!!! Mukuberedwa!! The DPP have already started preparing on how they will rig in 2019 like they did in 2014 using the Chinese. This time they are going further with more sophisticated. No more use of the phone this time. Anzanu ali busy planning mmene adzabele zitsankho inu muli busy kumenyana kulimbilana mipando ku PP ndi ku MCP. Chinese we love you but please avoid yourself to get involved and used in this evil shameful acts.

  6. koma kumaneko says:

    UDF ndiye kuti chiani,? satanic , church, football team, or chiani makamaka? We have two parties in malawi MCP (Biggest and largest party & DPP basi). 50 +1 confusing kkkkkkkk kundaleku kulimbuzi kwabasi vuto lothamangila ndale osapita kusukulu limeneli. This is straight forward brother dont share us your ignorance.

  7. mbuyokucheta says:

    INU A OPPOSITION, DONT WAIT FOR THE LAW COMMISSION TO HANDLETHE ISSUE OF 50%+1. BRING THE ISSUE AS A PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL. 2019 IS FAST APPROACHING.

  8. Ze Roberto says:

    If there is a political party in Malawi which at the mention of its name what comes to mind is sewer it’s UDF. A party devoid of principles and moral.

  9. mbuyokucheta says:

    PLEASE INU A OPPOSITION, DONT WAIT FOR THE LAW COMMISSION, BRING THE BILL ON 50%+1 AS A PRIVATE MEMBERS BILL.

  10. mbuyokucheta says:

    UDF BETTER SUPPORT 50%+1 SYSTEMN, OR ELSE DPP WILL CONTINUE USING YOU AS A POLITICAL CONDOM.

    ITS ONLY ATUPELE AMENE AKUDYERERA AND IF THE ALLIANCE WAS FORMALIZED, THE UDF EXECUTIVE WOULD HAVE SCRUTINIZED WHAT IS THEIR FOR THE PARTY BEFORE THEY AGREE OF SUPPORTING DPP.

  11. Pajoni says:

    Mwayamba matha mfuna kuzabera

  12. Master says:

    This is the reason why Malawi will never develop ,all countires have adopted 50+1 system bt tribal malawians alwez think about their tribes forgetting national cohesion when it adopts this system, sourtherners simuantope kuday gaga just last yomweyi? it shows they willl still vote ror DPP and peter mutharika depite enjoying large chunk of madeya as food!!! where was peter mutharika to assit u on this when u never had food?

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