Malawi presidential debate new format: All 9 candidates to take part

Presidential candidates: Confirmed: (L to R) Chakwera, Chisi, Kuwani, Banda. Chilima, Muluzi, Chilumpha, Kaliya and Mutharika

The 2019 Presidential Debate task force has announced the change of format of the debates to allow for what it calls a level playing field and a national platform for all nine presidential candidates ahead of the highly anticipated May 21 2019 watershed polls.

Initially two debates were lined up but  one more has been added and will be held on March 29, April 2 and April 5, 2019.

“This change is a result of overwhelming feedback from electoral stakeholders,” reads a statement released on Tuesday, signed by Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi chapter chairperson Teresa Ndanga.

The statements further said that as a way of ensuring quality of the debates as well as an opportunity for candidates to outline their vision for Malawi and defend their policies and manifestos, the presidential candidates will be divided into two groups.

The first group will debate on March 29 and the second on April 2 while the final debate will be held on April 5th.

Prior to the debates, all candidates will be asked to sign a pledge of non-violence.

The taskforce also confirmed to have communicated with  all parties about the change of format during a meeting with senior party and candidate representatives held in Lilongwe on Monday, March 11, 2019.

The task force consists of MISA Malawi, Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC), Times Group, Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) and Civil Society Organisations including Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD), Democracy Works Foundation (DWF), Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET).

Other CSOs in the task force are the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), Malawi Law Society (MLS), Public Affairs Committee (PAC), Voluntary Service Organization (VSO), National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust, and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

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Chilungamo
2 years ago

This will be super boring, You mean one question being answered by nine people.? I will not waste my precious time watching that nonsense.

Heavyduty
Heavyduty
2 years ago

Another rubbish, fit for people without anything to do

Kapado Chimuthawirenji

I don’t care whether they engage all or few, but the problem I have is that those to participate last will have an advantage because they will have heard what their colleagues will have said and capitalize on that to come up with punchy points. All should participate at the same time. In the US they do it regardless of the number of candidates. Trump had so many competitors when he was fighting for the Republican Presidential candidate nomination and remained alone to compete with a Democratic Presidential candidate. I feel there will be no leveling of the play ground… Read more »

Make Malawi Great
Make Malawi Great
2 years ago

Don’t they have TVs? If they choose not to watch then we don’t care either they have a disadvantage! They need to keep up with current affairs if they serious with running for the top job otherwise we cant even trust them with the responsibility!

Raph
Raph
2 years ago

MBC NGATI ATATI ISATENGEPO GAWO TIDZAVA KUTI MUNTHALIKA WATHAWASO NGATI CHIMULILENJI

Kibaki
Kibaki
2 years ago

9 is way too much and a waste of time. Actually we just need 2 i.e APM and Dr. Laz.

Sukulu njofunika
Sukulu njofunika
2 years ago
Reply to  Kibaki

Two very boring useless individuals

CitizenX
CitizenX
2 years ago

I think 9 is too much, some of these guys dont stand a chance to even get one vote. my advice to you people who organize some of these public functions of national importance, it would be better to consult us first which would be best way forward. please reduce the number to 5-6, the advantage of having a smaller number is that you can give more time to each candidate to explain clearly

chimulirenni wathawaso
chimulirenni wathawaso
2 years ago

a dad zoti akakhalako ndakayika.. mwina akatuma getuludi

Nyirongo
Nyirongo
2 years ago

Mmmmm hhhh mafunso achitidwa leak kale kwa amene mukumfuna inu ngati munachitira inu last week. Shame on you !!!!

Mzaliwa
Mzaliwa
2 years ago

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!! mxxxxxxxxxxx! MBC ichotsenipo. Atikwanana akapilikoni a MBC

Sikusinja
Sikusinja
2 years ago

Will be very long and very boring.

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