BT Synod urges women to contest as independent candidates

The Blantyre Synod Church and Society has encouraged all women aspirants who did not make it during their party primary elections to go ahead and stand as independent ward councilors and Members of Parliament (MPs) in the forthcoming tripartite elections.

Programme Officer for Blantyre Synod Cedrick Damala said this during voters’ sensitization campaign conducted in Chikhwawa in the area of group village headman Sitolo in the area of traditional authority Mlilima.

Damala said it is very pathetic that some major political parties are imposing leaders to the voters and in the process shunning more women aspirants to stand on their party tickets.

“The fear is that women voice at council and national assembly level will be lowered hence many women will suffer because of lack of representation. Therefore, as one of accredited civil society organization to conduct voters’ civic education, we are encouraging women to stand and contest as independent candidates,” said Damala.

He said women should not fear unknown because they also have potential to make it during the first ever tripartite elections scheduled for May 20, 2014.

Damala then appealed to party leaders to avoid imposing candidates during primary polls as he said this might affect their party performance during the elections.

“Imposing of party candidates might seem as viable move played by political parties but the final choice is based from the electorates,” he said.

He added by encouraging voters to critically scrutinize and analyze their candidates to see who is developmental oriented and visionary leaders before making their final choice.

“Don’t vote for some because he is giving you handouts, but vote for leaders who can develop your areas and Malawi at large,” said Damala.

Damala said he is optimistic that all voters in the district would be reached with electoral message because of multiple effects played by other accredited organizations such as National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) and Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP).

In his remarks NICE District Coordinator Joseph Chamambala said women’ voices are better heard when they are part of the decision making process.

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