MEC commissioner says  delivering credible elections is all parties’ responsibility

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has called on political parties to take ownership of the 2019 Elections by properly managing conflicts that may arise in the course of the electoral process in order to hold credible elections.

MEC Commissioner Kunje
Dedicated to peace: Members of different political parties pose for a photo together at the MPLC training. Seated on the chairs third from right is Commissioner Kunje and next on the immediate left is MECs Deputy Chief Elections Officer Harris Potani, at the far left is Mzuzu OC Lovemore Mwabumba seated next to Mwabumba is Fatuma Silungwe , next to Silungwe is the Mzuzu City CEO  MacCloud Kadam’manja.

Commissioner Linda Kunje said this in Mzuzu on Monday at the open of a two-day training of Multiparty Liaison Committees on electoral conflict management.

“ I wish to reiterate the  commitment of the Commission to deliver free,  fair, transparent, inclusive and credible 2019  Tripartite Elections. The Commission believes that in order to achieve this,  notable,  goal,  stakeholders must play their rightful role, elections  are everybody’s responsibility,” said Kunje.

Kunje said that conflict management tactics would enable the political parties to manage some of the conflicts rather than perpetrating by misleading social media messages which could jeopardize attainment of a credible elections.

“As  a Commission we realize the importance of  engaging every stakeholder especially in this period  where we know  there is a lot of rumours and gossips flying around all over social media. So to allay  all these conflicts  we  needed to empower the MPLCs on conflict management,” said  Kunje.

A trainee from Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Gracious  Soko who is MCP’s Regional  Chairman for North South Region said that  the training would contribute to renewing the suspicious mindset that political parties hold towards MEC.

“Whatever has been taught in the training will help the party and all who participated. Maybe it will go a long way in changing the mindset that is there on MEC as the body that manages elections in the Country ,” Soko said.

Soko, however, called on MEC to be responsive to the concerns being raised by political parties on the electoral process.

With funding from development partners; United Nations Development Fund and others through the basket fund, the training brought together three MPLCs with members from the entire Mzimba District.   MEC also handed the MPLC members guidelines on  conflict management.

MEC  formed the Multi-Party Liaison Committees  in 2000 to assist in resolving inter-party conflicts  and to promote ethical conduct and of political parties in Malawi at the district level. The MPLC composition includes; the District Commissioner or Chief Executive Officer, district governors of parties , traditional authorities,  MEC representatives and Malawi Police Service among others.

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tsogolo langa
tsogolo langa
3 years ago

You have the nerve to say that! political parties were not entrusted with the missing Biometric computers which because of your incompetence has seriously compromised voter registration and therefore affected the credibility of the forth coming elections, the blame falls squarely on you

Professional Simurai
Professional Simurai
3 years ago

in all this MEC has failed its first responsibility that is to make sure that elections data is secure and confidential, Parties dont keep such data and its MEC failure to uphold that resposbility, dont dare to make malawians to kill each other because of question people at the helm of MEC, people of the calibre of Moffat Banda, Jane Ansah Namathanga cant streer this country into credible elections, they are very pathetic calibre of people, infact Justice Anastanzia Msosa demonstrated professionalism of the highest orde, she was also from LOMWE Belt,but she had put Malawi first, not these people… Read more »

Anzelu Wanzelu
Anzelu Wanzelu
3 years ago

Election rigging began the day when APM was inaugurated into the office. Panopa amaliza kale koma osutsa boma ndi anthu ogona kwambili. Firstly, Jane Ansah was appointed by APM. The entire MEC executive is compromised. The opposition is fragmented. The Civil Society is divided. The religious community is gullible. Most of the rural folk are illiterate. The media is biased and polarised. The donor community doesn’t care, for them APM is a safer horse to bet on because he is very predictable. APM will not rig any election; he has already rigged it. While you are already Lloyd waiting to… Read more »

3 years ago

Madam Ansah, please don’t abdicate your responsibility to political parties. You get paid a tidy sum of money to ensure that elections are free and fair and most importantly credible. If there any doubt of your character then its pointless to stick around. As of now MEC is ihighly compromised, questionable and in disrepute thanks to the incompetence of the entire MEC senior team.

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