MEC to facilitate MISA-Malawi polls: Two horse race Kasakula faces Khanje

This coming Saturday is no ordinary day for journalists in Malawi, as they go to the polls to elect leaders for the media body, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter.

Face off for Misa top post: Kasakura (left) and Khanje

Face off for Misa top post: Kasakura (left) and Khanje

The polls this year have drawn unprecedented attention and hype as two senior journalists, Thom Khanje of Times Group and George Kasakula of the Nation Publications Limited are set to battle it for the chairmanship.

The battle for the chairperson has rekindled the old rivalry for supremacy between the two giant publishing houses and MISA has engaged the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to facilitate the polls.

MEC spokesperson, Sangwani Mwafulirwa confirmed in an interview with Nyasa Times that the MEC will facilitate the polls on Saturday and was currently finalising the logistics with the media watchdog.

Mwafulirwa said his organisation offers such services on demand as part of the corporate social responsibility and contribution to strengthen corporate governance in institutions with elected leadership.

“We have done this to several political parties and membership based institutions that have approached us to assist. Wherever we have done it there have been no queries of irregularities and all candidates have always agreed with the outcomes,” he said.

Mwafulirwa added that institutions that want MEC to help them with elections they should contact the electoral body in time so as to plan well for logistics.

“We don’t charge for this services  but when there are costs incurred sometime we would ask the institution to cover them. When an organisation wants us to assist  we demand to be given the voters’ roll and list of candidates in good time,” he said.

For the vice chairperson there are three contestants; Jacob Jimu, a former employee of The Nation and now university lecturer; Cheu Mita, also formerly of The Nation and Yvonnie Sundu, currently working with The Nation in Lilongwe.

Five names have lined up for a single committee member position and they include Winie Botha of MBC, Alfred Chauwa of Nyasa Times, Edward Kuwacha of Nkhotakota Community Radio, Luciano Milala of Mudziwathu Community Radio  in Mchinji and Frank Namangale of The Nation.

In the past MEC was also facilitating elections for the former Peoples Party, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the Malawi Congress Party.

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Moses maganga
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Go my teacher George

Sinthani
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Baba Kasakula yemweyo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Federalist
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Unfortunately, I am not a journalist, so I will not be able to deny anti-North Kasakula my vote. I therefore urge all profederal scribes to choose the lesser evil Khanje.

Bwampini wa Muthanyura
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Bwampini wa Muthanyura

All mature and professional journalists will vote for George Kasakura. Achibwana onse cha nchombo lende e e akavotera Khanje. One can tell this by posts and comments on a public enabled facebook group page specially created for this election.

Kaya
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Why u take mec gate kkkkkkkkkk u c pitala z a president coz of ha Malawi u r still sleeping ok kaya zanu izo.

ng'eng'a
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Amalawi kuvetsa chisoni kod MEC sum’maidziwa/w@? Ine nde sindizavotanso coz anthu amenewa nde anandikwana hevy..tingodikilira tidzaone amene adzalire dis tym kkkkk

Patriot
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nde muzamva kuti zonse awina ndi a zodiak uku mbendera akulira

Peter Phiri
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Thom Khanje yemweyo. Very humble, ofikilika? Visionary and good leadership skills among others. Enawa amawoneka ngati? Ngati anali patsogolo kukana kuti membership fee ikwere ndiye apanga chani. We want our group MISA Malawi to be at the highest level. LETS VOTE FOR THOM KHANJE.

hfty
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Thom kuti wawawa!! thom is the man, opanda matukutuku, vice wake yvonne sundu

Mphondo
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George Kasakula don’t forget your promise of taking the table mountain bill to Peter. Ukampase pamanja zawusilu ayi.

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