Chakwera panics with Central Region registration apathy: Vote of no confidence

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera is panicking as potential voters in the party’s stronghold Central Region have shunned him by refusing to register in the first phase of the voter registration exercise ahead of next year’s tripartite elections.

Chakwera: Electoral blow

People in Kasungu, Dedza and Salima where the first phase of the registration took place told Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) officials that they would not participate in the elections.

“We are not going to register because our candidate (Chakwera) doesn’t win,” they told registration officials.

This is a resounding Vote of No Confidence in Chakwera and his party, which leaves them staring at a humiliating loss in next year’s elections.

And instead of blaming himself and his party for failing to impress the people why they should register to vote for them, he is shifting the responsibility on the electoral body.

On Thursday, Chakwera  who is also leader of opposition in parliament and his officials were at MEC offices in Blantyre where they engaged in a three-hour meeting with MEC chairperson Justice Jane Ansah and other officials,  raising concerns over the low turn out of voters in the Central Region for registration in the first phase.

MEC and National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust said in the media  that in their investigations, people in Salima, Dedza and Kasungu said they opted to stay away from registering because the MCP candidates they voted for in 2014 failed to perform.

“In our meetings with chiefs, it was revealed that people didn’t want to come and register for the elections because those they elected during the last elections had failed them.

“Therefore, they don’t see the reason why they should vote again in the elections. They have lost hope and become frustrated. They don’t feel that their vote can make a difference in the next elections, ” said Justice Ansah said.

Interestingly, while Chakwera is keen to blame everyone for the people’s protest, he circulated a list of party officials who he had assigned to do mass awareness campaigns in those areas for people to register.

One of the party’s top officials Rhino Chiphiko told the media that they had set aside K150 million for the exercise. That project seems to have failed.

And Chakwera knows what that means, hence the desperation. The refusal by people in the Central region to register is a sledgehammer blow to Chakwera and MCP as this is the region where they get a lot of votes.

With people walking away, they are heading for a degree of loss they have not suffered in the previous elections.

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oMachemba
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oMachemba

oChakwera looks like he’s just been blinded by bright (high beam) lights, like a deer in the headlights. A real metaphor for how he handles critical matters, like elections; and it was the same last time around.
How can MCP have confidence in a guy who doesn’t have confidence in himself … judging by how he’s conducting himself so far?

Wapsa tonola
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Wapsa tonola

Hopefully this is cadet News post

Nalingula
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Nalingula

A Hatton Muzalira mokweza Malawi si Thyolo ndi Mulanjetu .Titokuvoterani ndie muzizati Amtundu wakuwakuti tikumane tigawane masikono mukawina.Nanga mumati akummwera tikumane?

2019 Boma
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2019 Boma

Amwene South ndiyogawanaAtupele, amai, Manganya, wamisila wa land reform MCP idzatolaso ku mwela konko monga inatolera ku Ndirande ndi Nsanje Lalanje

Chilima wa Masagwidi.
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True. This is a vote of no confidence for Chakwera. He must not blame MEC for this. Every person in Malawi knows that registration has started. Chakwera wagwa nayo basi kikik

maseko
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maseko

poor thinking on the part of both the writer and some of the contributors. this is not chakwera’s show. it tells us something about the way we conduct elections in malawi. it tells us so much about expectations of malawians. we need to go back to the drawing board and assess our structures. are they adding value to the lives of ordinary people? where did we go wrong as a nation? surely chakwera has nothing to do with this.

Lincoln
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Lincoln

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mark
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mark

Dr Chakwera is not panicking ……Dr Chakwera is is just following the noble course of justice

Gulewamkulu
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Gulewamkulu

There is nothing you can do to a person who dont want to register. You can sensitise,advertise,kukuwa kothelatu koma ngati munthuyo safuna,safuna basi. Anthu atopa kuvotela zoluza……ndatha ine wanu

atheist
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atheist

Attacking Chakwera won’t help Chilima.

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