FEI wants university students to analyse Malawi 2014 polls

The Free Expression Institute (FEI) in Malawi is running an essay writing competition in which it calls on university students to analyse the 2014 tripartite elections and suggest ways of making future poll free of controversies.

FEI National Coordinator, Peter Kumwenda said Saturday in Lilongwe that it is the view of the institute that through the competition, university students, most of whom are young people, will be encouraged to actively participate in finding solutions to Malawi’s political problems thereby contributing to deepening democracy in the southern African country.

“Students from various university colleges, both public and private and from any faculty, are being asked to write an essay analysing the electoral process in Malawi has just gone through and making suggestions for reforms where necessary in order to make future elections and democracy better,” he said.

Malawi's electoral authorities wanted to reopen ballot boxes after finding evidence of irregularities
Malawi’s electoral authorities wanted to reopen ballot boxes after finding evidence of irregularities

Students are being asked to write an essay of not more than 1,500 words on the theme “May 20 Elections: Learning the lessons and planning to make things better for the future.”

According to Kumwenda, winners of the competition will be announced at a glamorous Freedom of Expression Awards Night in Lilongwe in July before being invited to present their ideas to rights activists and leaders at a national youth conference which will concretize young people’s ideas about how Malawi must move forward.

The top five entries will also be published in Malawi’s main newspapers as well as on the FEI Facebook page,

Entries to the Essay Writing Competition must be received by June 20.

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