Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has warned all candidates who will be competing in the forthcoming tripartite elections against believing in false news being spread through social media.
Commissioner for MEC, Very Reverend Killion Mgawi issued the warning in Dedza during the vetting of ballot paper templates by candidates in the district on Wednesday.
“The commission would like to make it clear and urge you to always check and verify information you receive. I am therefore, appealing to all candidates to get contact details for your constituency returning officers (CRO) as well as MEC officers,” Mgawi said.
“There is proliferation of fake news and with social media a lot is being cooked up. Sadly, others begin to believe before confirming even when they have avenues for confirmation,” he added.
He said he was informed that there were several official MEC forums and if there was anything circulating purportedly from the commission which has not been posted on any of these official groups, please verify,” he added.
Speaking to Malawi News Agency (Mana), the District Elections Coordinator for Dedza who is also District Commissioner (DC), Francis Matewere said the council is very well prepared for the forthcoming elections and committed to ensuring smooth conduct of the elections.
Matewere advised all candidates to follow the Code of Conduct set by MEC to avoid issues which might blemish the election.
He also instructed Chiefs in the district to give equal access of venues to all aspirants wishing to conduct political rallies in their areas once the campaign period is open.
Dedza has 36 candidates who are competing for parliamentary seats in eight constituencies while 67 candidates will be competing for local government seats in 16 wards.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :