MEC tells constituency civic educators to be professional

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says credible 2014 polls will be determined by a professional workforce in the wake of civic and voter education process.

Commissioner Nancy Tembo, who is also chairperson for media, civic and voter education said this in Zomba when she opened a two-day workshop for constituency civic education assistants which was held at Masuku Lodge.

She told the participants that the Commission has put several mechanisms and structures to ensure that messages about the elections infiltrate to the ordinary citizen and that one of it is the creation of the temporary position of a Constituency and Voter Education Assistant (CVEA).

Tenbo: Advising officers
Tenbo: Advising officers

Said Tembo: “Your role as CVEA is very important because you will be the ones coordinating civic and voter education activities at constituency level.

“You are expected, from now onwards, to be conversant with the opinion leaders residing within your constituencies, religious and political leaders, NGOs and other groups, government structures, boundaries and
key features of the constituency.”

Tembo added that with the voter registration currently taking place in other districts, the CVEAs should make every effort to ensure that people are aware of the registration period in their constituency and that they are motivated to participate in large numbers.

The participants were drawn from Chikhwawa, Thyolo, Mulanje, Zomba, Machinga, and Blantyre, among other districts in the Southern Region.

Some of the participants to the EC workshop in Zomba
Some of the participants to the EC workshop in Zomba

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