Malawi poll NGO wants immediate election process

Malawi Elections Support Network (MESN) has launched Non Legislative Elections Reforms in a bid to force the government speed up administrative laws ahead of the 2019 general election.

Steven Duwa: Head of MESN says new commissioners should be appointed
Steven Duwa: Head of MESN says new commissioners should be appointed

Steve Duwa, Mesn board chair asked the government to speed up the appointment of Malawi Electoral Commissioners (MEC) to ensure that they have adequate time to prepare for the 2019 polls.

“In addition, the commissioners should not just be party loyalists but those with strong financial and management background to bring MEC to new heights,” said Duwa.

The law provides that the President appoints the commissioners in consultation with political party leadership represented in parliament.

Duwa said this was the time to kick start the biometric registration instead of waiting till when the election are nearer.

He also asked the government to register non governmental organizations now instead of leaving it three months before elections saying this affects the electoral process negatively.

The tenure of office for the current commissioners of the pollster ends on May 19 2016.

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