CMD lobbying Malawi govt on political parties bill

Center for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) has said it will continue engaging in discussions with the government to ensure that the proposed political parties bill is tabled in parliament.

The bill which seeks to repeal the political parties Registration and Regulation Act and replace it with a new law is expected to address challenges faced by the parties in the country.

Tenthani:  Parties bill
Tenthani: Parties bill

Speaking in Blantyre on Friday after meeting with political parties and the media, CMD Executive Director Kizito Tenthani said the organization has intensified discussions with government to ensure that the bill is tabled in the August House.

‘’We have been having a number of negotiations with the Attorney General and the Minister of Justice regarding the bill and the response has been overwhelming,’’

‘’The Attorney General is currently looking into the bill and see if there are some technical aspects that needs to be taken into account before he present the bill to the cabinet,’’ added Tenthani.

The CMD Executive Director said all political parties including those that are not in parliament they have already endorsed the enactment of the bill.

He disclosed that CMD has embarked on a programme to meet all political party leaders in parliament to present them the proposed bill.

In his remarks Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Director of Legal Affairs Sai Kaphale said the bill will bring sanity to the way political parties are run in the country.

Kaphale dismissed fears that the bill is targeting smaller political parties saying the proposed bill will surely address challenges which the parties are currently facing.

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