Attending peace prayers is commitment to credible elections, says Ansah:  No show Mutharika ‘not committed’?

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Jane Ansah on Saturday  hailed the presidential candidates for their commitment to ensure that there should be no violence during the polls and  hailed those who  attended prayers for peace and peace declaration signing which Public Affairs Committee (PAC) organised in Lilongwe ahead of the May 21 elections.

Committed to free, fair and credible elections: The presidential candidate exclusing incumbent President Peter Mutharika
Presidenial hopefuls at prayers for peace and peace declaration signing which Public Affairs Committee (PAC) organised in Lilongwe

Those who have signed the peace declaration are Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, UTM’s leader Saulos Chilima, United Democtratic Front’s Atupele Muluzi, John Chisi of Umodzi Party, Revelend Hardwick Kaliya (Independent) and Peter Kuwani of Mbakuwaku Movement for Development (MMD).

President Peter Mutharika shunned  the prayers for peace and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have  not signed a peace declaration document.

“Attending these prayers is not only a testament of your faithfulness in God, but your commitment to credible, fair, transparent, inclusive and peaceful elections,” said Ansah, a faith leader in her own right.

“ The commission is pleased with this commitment because it underscores all our preparations and management for the elections,” she said.

Mutharika’s running mate  Everton Chimulirenji was however at the event but rather obscure.

MEC chaiperson Ansah believes the elections will be free and fair and without violence since the process has been committed in God’s hands.

She, however, reminded aspirants that they should bear in mind that there can be only one winner.

The Lilongwe Peace Declaration (LPD) document that the leaders have signed is compelling them to put to an end to the polarisation, divisions, conflict and intolerance that have recently characterised the country’s politics.

It is also asking them to build a society that is free of violence, fear, intimidation, hate, patronage, corruption but rather to build a community that is founded on justice, fairness, openness, transparency dignity and equality.

“We do declare that ahead of and immediately following the tripartite elections on May 21, we shall emphatically and publicly speak out against all acts of elections-related-violence, impunity and injustice. We will seek to collaborate with the Malawi Police Service (MPS) and allied law enforcement and security agencies to professionally discharge their duties without fear or favour,” reads the declaration in part.

PAC chairperson Reverend Felix Chingota said the quasi-religious body believes all leaders who have signed the document will be guided by their own conscience.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident coordinator Maria Jose Torres commended political party leaders for committing themselves to a peaceful electoral process.

“I commend you for your commitment to sign here today an agreement pledging to uphold peace during and after the elections. I also commend PAC for taking this initiative, which highlights PAC’s steadfast dedication to strengthening structures for peace. Today’s events builds on previous PAC initiatives such as the 2014 Lilongwe Peace Declaration which was an important tool in fostering dialogue and building trust during the previous election and recognized internationally as an example of best practice,”  she said.

Torres said the elections present yet another opportunity for Malawi to demonstrate to the world how mature its governance processes have become and that elections can indeed take place peacefully.

“Let us all be reminded that maintaining peace and security, upholding human rights and democracy, is a collective responsibility.  And together, we need to get it right. It is the long term good of the nation that is at stake as well as progress on the country’s development agenda. Political violence and the turbulence this would cause to the country would do much short and long-term harm to the nation and its people.”

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Kaka
Kaka
3 years ago

Amalawiiiii. Ngamihawu. APM alamulilabe. Wait and see. Thanks that mwasaina. Osazabweresa ziwawa. Mwasaigna nokha. Or tipeza ndalama zomangila zipinda zina for chakwera and saulos. Thanks to our future leader atupele for representing APm DPP and UDF

Sailors hamdan
Sailors hamdan
3 years ago

Munthu ukamafa amayamba kugontha nkutu. Ngakhale wena atamakulangiza Kuti Izi nzoipa zimapha, you do not take the advice. You wish to here from God himself rebuke you but alas God speaks through his people. God does not talk to any one in his nature
Anthu mukuwaona Ngati akukusokonezerani maplaniwa muzawakumbukira.

Nalingula
Nalingula
3 years ago

With Two weeks before the Elections Ansah should be telling Us how they are Going to Sort Out the 346 vehicles shortfall…
Kodi Nthawi Yomwe mumkatopanga ma Plan mumaganiza kuti Muzizasenza Pamutu Materials? ….Osationongera Chisankho because of Poor Planning.

Silica gell
3 years ago

Mapemphelo wopangila zifukwa ndimunthu samveka kumwamba, mukungovutisana. Wait and see what God will do.

Favour of Yahweh
3 years ago

If God is for Mutharika, who can be against him. Those who fight him fight God. God is the only knowing, . Remember not all who said God will enter the kingdom of heaven . Mutharika will win no matter how you scorn him

Rad Sillo
Rad Sillo
3 years ago

Opusa iwe zedi

PAC more 🔥
PAC more 🔥
3 years ago

Bravo Mutharika..Today you talk about peace but tomorrow you go castigating each other on the street

BigMan
BigMan
3 years ago

APM doesnt want to be seen next to the youthful energetic and charismatic Chilima. He knows people will compare one tired old man and a vigorous vibrant opponent.

He remembers the classic example where Nixon lost the election when he attended a live debate against the young JFK and he looked so old and tired.

Thats also why he didnt attend the debate.

kamina
kamina
3 years ago
Reply to  BigMan

A big man musamapupulume kuti muoneke ngati odziwa.Nixon was born in 1913 and Kennedy was born in 1917 so as you can see they were of the same generation…pliz don t be so cheap bcoz of your myopic thinking

His Excellency Fake Accent Chakwera
His Excellency Fake Accent Chakwera
3 years ago
Reply to  BigMan

Maganizidwe opusatu awa.

pearson
3 years ago

Pitala asayina yotsanzikira

Maunits
Maunits
3 years ago

Kuthawa mapempherero kkkkk this guy is gay. From 22 May he must be investigated properly. Sorry Mr Polofesa we are tired of you and you are a person full of demons and on 21 May we are voting you out of govt and put Chakwera period.

apm
apm
3 years ago

God will be on Mutharika’s side and the rest of you just wasted your time.

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