MBC to air campaign programmes for all presidential candidates

Tax-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) will now start airing a 30 minute programme featuring all the seven  presidential contestants in the watershed May 21 2019 tripartite elections.

Leading presidential candidates: Mutharika, Muluzi, Chakwera and Chilima

The programmes will be aired both on MBC Radio Radio and Television from Monday to Sundays.

This is in accordance with Section 63(2) of the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act.

The section stipulates that the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), may on arrangement with MBC, allocate time on the television and radio during which political parties may be allowed to speak in campaigning for an election and the Commission shall allocate equal time to every political party.

A statement released by MEC reveals that the commission wrote all aspiring presidential candidates on 1st March, 2019 requesting them to submit prerecorded three minute campaign messages for radio and television by 15th March, 2019.

Unfortunately, only three parties namely Tikonze Peoples Movement, Mbakuwaku Movement for Development and Umodzi Party have submitted their messages despite several reminders by the Commission secretariat to the Secretaries General of the parties.

Meanwhile, the public broadcaster has developed a schedule for airing the messages.

Finally, the Commission is tirelessly informing the public that all the presidential candidates have been invited for recording of their campaign programmes.

Malawian go into polls on 21st May 2019 to elect a new president to govern the country in the next five years.

 

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Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
3 years ago

MBC is the only radio station in Malawi that does not fit the political dispensation we are in. It belongs to one party system. Shame

Happy Makala
Happy Makala
3 years ago

Thank you MBC for opening up. I was actually surprised to hear a complete campaign story covering MCP’s Lazarus Chakwera some two days a go. That is the way to go. After all, APM will win the elections in May.

Charles
Charles
3 years ago

Opposition parties should not bother submitting their pre-recorded materials now.They are already doing fine using other radio/tv stations. MBC should already have been airing the speeches from the different political parties. The DPP, through MBC will twist everything and use the same information against the opposition parties.

ADZONZI
ADZONZI
3 years ago

Tiyeni tizichepese tipite

nyalugwe
nyalugwe
3 years ago

MBC please do not do it

Dan
Dan
3 years ago

This is a flithy broadcasting station with listernship of less than 20% that they know

gwenenthe mwale
gwenenthe mwale
3 years ago

TISAMACHITE KUGWADA PA MISONKHO YATHU
DPP just pack up and go!!!!!

Moya
Moya
3 years ago

This is supposed to be an everyday thing. Just like mutharika ignored the debates opposition please ignore this MBC. Just change all top management and review the policy/act of MBC after elections. This propanda station needs to operate independently if not simply shut it down and divert their budget towards hospitals.

My Vote My Power
My Vote My Power
3 years ago

DWas it even required for Mechanism to write MNcMNC of that. MBC run on our taxes && it’s supposed to be a platform for every Malawian. But it has been turned into a D0P doing castigating opposition. MBC en Mec too little too late

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