Less than half of targeted voters register in Dedza

Various civil rights activists are expressing outrage at the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) decision to end the voter registration exercise on Monday, saying in Dedza just a handful 160, 000 people have registered out of the projected 400,000.

Ollen Mwabulunju, Nice Trust: Mwalubunju said the reason why people are staying away from registering could be that elected politicians have disappointed them.

Civic education managers, Nice executive director Ollen Mwalubunju said the reason why people are staying away from registering could be that elected politicians have disappointed them.

“People are disappointed with the elected leaders from the president to the member of Parliament. They do not see the reason of voting for the elected leaders when they cannot perform,” said Mwalubunju.

He also said although his organisation did massive civic education, most people seem not to know that the national identity card could not be allowed during the voting exercise but they had to register.

This view has been shared by the secretary general of the main opposition, the Malawi Congress Party Eisenhower Mkaka.

“People seem not to understand why they should register when they have the national IDs,”‘ said Mkaka.

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace projects officer for Kasungu Hastings Kalimwa said this perception and notion that the IDs would be used during voting contributed much to voter registration apathy in Kasungu.

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said the commission met traditional leaders to sensitize them that the IDs would not be used for voting unless they registered.

She said the commission expected the traditional leaders to sensitize their subjects in turn.

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jackson mbisa
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jackson mbisa

ikakhala fertizer kuyamba kugawa ku south chifukwa mvula imayambira ku mwera mavoti the opposite so the opposition should work out from the slumber otherwise there is something very sininister. let them start from south , central then north if we are worried of the rains.

Becks
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Becks

NICE TRUST must live to its mission.
Dont give lame excuses. How did you design your content for civic education and what strategies did you use? The reason Mwaluunju is giving for low turn out was not supposed to come from a body whose role is civic education. the reason you was supposed to be very reason why people should go and register to vote out non perfomers.

Kibaki
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Kibaki

When God says yes

Limbe
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Limbe

Ndiye bwino mcp isawine

Mawa
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Mawa

MCP yagwa nayo. Don’t blame MEC or DPP. Voters in the central region are not interested in Chakwera.

Heavy-duty
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Heavy-duty

A Zodiak anachita interview anthu ku Salima, Dedza ndi Kasungu ndipo anthuwo anati akudziwa za registration yi koma Iwo sakufuna kukalembetsa chifukwa ma MP awo amathawira ku Lilongwe ku Area 43, 47, 12, 10 akawina ndiye pa chifukwa chimenechi sakufunanso kukalembetsa. Nde zimene anena anthuwa akuwauza ndi a MEC? Kapena mukufuna a MEC azichita kuthamangitsa ndi kugwira anthu kuti akalembetse (m’maboma aku central region?) My advice is: inu memezani anthu kuti abwere basi koma ngati sakufuna asiyeni ndi ufulu wawo, Inuyo kalembetseni ndipo mudzadzivotera.

Mutharika Nyapapi Ngorongoriwa
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Mutharika Nyapapi Ngorongoriwa

MCP should wake up and get an injuction from the courts. Why are you sleeping on duty Mr Mkaka? This is time to wake up and realize that Jane Ansah is working hand in hand with her former boy friend Mutharika to rig the elections. You need action now.

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Madam Chair let’s not push the blame to Chiefs instead go back to the drawing board. The Message should be Clear:Aliyense amene ali ndi Chamzika kapena alibe cha Mzika ayenera kuzalembetsa kuti avote.Don’t emphasize much on aNRB akakhala konko.Za NRB zi ndizo zikusokoneza Anthu ammizi.Kusowa kwamafuta,kuvuta kwa network anali ena mwamavotu.Look at the numbers and come with corrective measures.

Toka
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Toka

MEC is trying to help DPP win next year’s elections. Akufuna less people should register in the Central region so that MCP should get less votes….kubera kumayambira patali.

oMachemba
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oMachemba

@Toka:
Mwayamba kudandaula olo titi kulira pompa pompa?

365 watch 24/7
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365 watch 24/7

I second you Toka. I have lost trust in this MEC headed by Jane Ansah its hopeless,
very disorganised,baseless arguments on sensitive issues, clueless etc. I just miss the legendary Anastasia Nsosa, the greatest leader MEC has ever had. Si izizi

Shame

Memory
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Memory

THE ISSUE HERE IS, WHY START THE REGISTRATION IN THE CENTRAL REGION? EVEN THE NRB REG STARTED IN THE SAME DISTRICTS. THERE IS SOMETHING DOGGY ABOUT THIS. MCP SHOULD REALLY OBTAIN AN INJUCTION. DONT TRUST JANE ANSAH

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