Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) has cautioned party monitors to be vigilant and knowledgeable with the Election Day processes as one way of ending the existing rigging allegations as it has launched a nationwide training sessions for 1 5000 party monitors.
Speaking during a training for party monitors in Rumphi, CMD Programs officer, Deborah Mitawa, said party monitors play a huge role in ensuring the credibility of elections— a thing which brings confidence in the electoral process.
“We believe it is very important to have party monitors, because these people help a lot in monitoring the elections process on the voting day. They also help in reducing human errors on the polling day,” said Mitawa
According to Mitawa, when party monitors are knowledgeable with the Election Day processes they know what to and not to do.
“They are able to notice malpractices and demand explanations,” said Mitawa.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and UTM monitors said the training was of significance importance as it enlightened them on the changes in this year’s election process.
“Today we have been schooled on how we can affect the elections process if we are not vigilant enough. Things like errors in writing down figures can be avoided if we, the monitors, are active,” said Mwachiwiska Mkandawire of DPP.
CMD executive director Kizito Tenthani said well-trained party monitors have the capacity to safeguard the vote in cae other try to manipulate the results.
He said the monitors are being trained on electoral integrity, how to safeguard the vote, party process, polling day procedure and submission of complaints.
With funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Centre for Multiparty Democracy is expected to conduct party monitors’ trainings across the country as one way of ensuring that there is transparency and accountability in the forthcoming tripartite elections.