Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has asked the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to immediately release Civic Education funding to the accredited organizations within 48 hours failing which it shall stop the planned voter registration exercise through a court injunction.
DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi said on Thursday that up to now many people are not aware that they will not be allowed to vote if they do not re-register despite having previous occupied identity cards.
Dausi said DPP is concerned “over deliberate attempts by the Malawi Electoral Commission to suffocate the Civic Education exercise which is an integral part in as far as a fair, free and credible elections are concerned.”
He said: “We are very much concerned that almost a week to go before the Commission kick starts the voter registration exercise; none of the accredited Civil Society Organizations has been funded to implement the exercise countrywide.
“This is a worrisome development considering high illiteracy levels in the country but also the fact that the 2014 Tripartite Elections shall require new voters roll altogether.”
Dausi said DPP “strongly feel” there will be electoral fraud and maladministration.
“We are also reliably informed that the Malawi Government and the Donor Community have not yet funded the commission as promised a development that is directly crippling the activities of the Commission.
“Such tendencies are the ones that directly points to rigging of the elections as some quarters may think this is a deliberate ploy by the ruling elite and the Commission to control voter registration that those areas deemed to be opposition strongholds should not register en masse,” said Dausi.
DPP pointed out that it has known the Commission as objective, professional and impartial from its past decisions, saying “it is our belief that it shall not allow to be remote controlled by some enemies of democracy in the country.”