Malawi Elections day not public holiday—Gov’t

Government has said business will go-on as usual on polling day next Tuesday but has quickly appealed to the citizenry to go and cast their votes en masse.

Muhara: No holiday 

Malawi goes to its second Tripartite Elections (TPE) next week on May 21—in twenty-five years since it embraced multipartyism—to elect ward councilors, Members of Parliament and the President.

Some quarters have, during this week, argued that a “public holiday” would be imperative to give chance to citizens to “freely” cast their votes without “being disturbed.”

But a statement by Lloyd Muhara, chief secretary to government, has only encouraged “all registered voters to exercise their voting rights.

The statement said there would be no holiday during elections day.

“Polling Day is not Gazetted as a Public Holiday in Malawi. As such, 21st May 2019 will not be a Public Holiday. However, Heads of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies are hereby requested to put in place proper arrangements for employees to go and cast their votes while ensuring that there is no disruption to public service delivery, especially delivery of essential services.

“Government further appeals to all employers, throughout the country, to allow their employees to cast their votes at their respective Polling Stations,” reads the statement.

This year’s election, to be one of the highly contested elections since the dawn of democracy, according to political commentators, has the governing DPP, MCP, UDF and the newly registered UTM party of incumbent state vice president Saulos Chilima, who has built a formidable following in less than ten months it was formed and is considered one of President Peter Mutharika’s threat.

According to pollster Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), there are 6.8 million registered voters expected to vote.

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Makolo
1 year ago

Osayiwala Ku vota Tuesday

Murara
1 year ago

KODI KUYISUNGA KU OPC KUJA NKHANI YAKE NDIIMENEYO?? BS5797 PAULENDO NIJUMPHE NAWO INE KKKK MULIJE CHISONI MWA WANTHU

Sibwe
1 year ago

BS5797 simnayiona akuyisunga Ku opc akuti kudikila anthu ayiwale KKK pamene anthu akuvutika mayendedwe Ku Local govt, Anthu simupemphera eti? Kukanika kugula galimoto kuzolowela kuba zaboma??? Nafwa nadi kkkk

Gwe
Gwe
1 year ago

Lyoid Muhara pliz kabwezeni BS5797 that car was not bought by opc asakupusitseni Dakamau ndi Charles Kalemba, musaononge mbiliyanu ndizinthu zazii. Mapepala Ali mmanja tikudikila mukangoyelekeza kuba muyiona mu news the same week.mind you atolankhani alitchelu ayijambula kaleso galimotoyo

concerned citizen
concerned citizen
1 year ago

Ndikugwirizan ndi Bambo a mbwaah. Pamene boma lati pa 21 May silikhala tsiku la holiday omwe analembetsa kumudzi kwawo ali ololedwa kukaponya vote kulikonse komwe ali nako pafupi ? Ngakhale boma lati silikhala tsiku la holiday dziwilanitu kuti nchito Mmaofesi a boma anthu saadzagwira konse . Bola mukanati essential services monga a police , MDF, Nurses and Doctors. Amenewa ndi amene saangaimitse zinchito zawo. What is your intention for not declaring a public holiday for the election day. Do you want to disenfranchise the civil servants kuti a savote ?

Mangochi kabwafu
Mangochi kabwafu
1 year ago

Hopefully there will be no boss intimidation in opposition strong hold.

Mulopwana
1 year ago

Come on. Productivity will be very negligible hence shd be declared a public holiday.

James Matipwili
James Matipwili
1 year ago

Ndiye wins kumakamba za nkhanza za MCP more than 25 years ago. Si nkhaza IzI?

Nsanje lalanje
1 year ago

But we do not want to use government machinery kuba.Wakuba azawona moto pompopmpo

Bambo a Mbwaah
1 year ago

So ife amene tinalembesera kumuzi kwathufe u expect us to go all the way to Phalombe, vote and return to the capital and be in office the same day. Apa indithere basi. Monday through to Friday sindigwira ntchito. Muuzane

Kochinonda
Kochinonda
1 year ago
Reply to  Bambo a Mbwaah

A muhara no mzeru
Mukufuna ku user aziphunzitsi ndi ma PEA kubera koma mwauponda your job ends in 3 days you will pay for your incompetence and kuzunza anthu a MCP

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