Malawi launches official elections campaign

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has called on political parties in the country to practice clean, civilized and issue based campaign and not personality based.

MEC Chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera, SC said this in Blantyre on Thursday during the official launch of 2014 Tripartite Elections campaign period.

Mbendera said time was gone when politicians were practicing character assignation campaign saying dirty campaign cannot take the country anywhere.

MEC launches campaign
MEC launches campaign

Justice Mbendera said the commission is geared to see free violence elections that could adopt highway of peace during the whole campaign period.

“The message to political parties is let us pursue decent electioneering campaign and resist the temptations of violence.

“Political party followers should avoid songs or languages that are provocative in nature. Time has come for people to appreciate the power of their vote.

“Political parties should articulate agenda that reflect how society should be organized. The commission is geared to deliver credible, free and fair elections,” said Mbendera adding that it is only the best candidate who may win after the voting process.

The electoral body chairperson said it is high time political parties should exercise political tolerance that can strengthen democracy.

He said MEC will not allow politicians to produce hate speech and irresponsible campaign saying these are not part of the campaign.

Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) Chairperson Rose Anthony who spoke on behalf of all political parties said the organization believes that campaign period is a celebration of democracy whereby candidates showcase what they have in stock.

“My message is that political parties should avoid turning campaign period to be a physical battle. I know that campaign period is a stressful period,” she said.

The campaign period shall start from 21st March to 18 May, 2014.

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