MEC warns Chiefs as MCP supporters boo Ngolongoliwa, Lundu, Kyungu:  Applause for M’mbelwa, Gomani and Chikulamayembe

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah set the tone for the 60-day official campaign in the  May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections which runs up to May 19  by challenging  traditional leaders and other stakeholders to give candidates and political parties an “equal opportunity to freely hold political campaigns.”

Inkosi Gomani receives an elections communication strategy from Ansah after an applause
MCP and DPP supporters chant at BICC

The MEC chairperson made the appeal at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital Lilongwe on Tuesday during the launch of the official campaign period.

“As we commence the official campaign period, chiefs are expected to use each and every available opportunity, such as in funerals, weddings and traditional dance festivals, to spread messages of peace and political tolerance among their subjects,” she said.

Ansah, a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal and a former Attorney General, said the Commission has already received reports that some traditional leaders are endorsing candidates and creating no-go zones for some candidates.

“This is a very sad development which should be condemned in strongest terms. The law allows any candidate to conduct their campaign rallies anywhere, provided they follow all the procedures,” she said.

“May I remind all our Chiefs that it is an offence under the electoral laws to block anyone from holding a campaign rally basing on political affiliation, religion, race or creed. It is also un- acceptable for chiefs to block their subjects from attending political rallies. It would be sad to learn of a chief or some chiefs being fined or jailed because of this,” Ansah said.

While assuring that the electoral body would manage the electoral process with impartiality, she said, Chiefs also have a duty to report to the Multiparty Liaison Committees (MPLCs) any candidate or political party or supporters not adhering to the code of conduct for political parties and candidates.

“Chiefs are parents and all subjects are their children. In some cases disputes are referred to the chief, he or she is expected to be impartial and give sound judgments to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. Whatever electoral dispute you resolve you need to furnish the MPLC with a report,” she said.

Ansah also said  Chiefs are not allowed to receive cash, goods or any material with a view to influence people to vote for a particular candidate or party or stop people from voting for candidates of their choice.

“Here, I am referring gifts with a view to influence his or her subjects to favour a certain candidate or political party. Such behaviour is corruption and punishable by law. Such matters shall be referred to the relevant authorities like the Anti-Corruption Bureau for prosecution,” said the MEC chairperson.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters booed paramount chiefs Lundu, Ngolongoliwa and Kyungu when chief elections officer Sam Alfandika called them to collect a copy of the newly-launched communication strategy booklet.

In contrast, the same MCP members gave a deafening  applause when it was the turn of Inkosi ya Makosi Goman V, Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe and Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa V to collect theirs.

Ansah also challenged candidates and political parties to practice modern politics by engaging in issue-based campaign.

“The political campaign ought to highlight the outlook of the parties and, therefore, guide their perceptions of the State, society and the economy.

“The era of taking the campaign period as an opportunity or instrument to harass, humiliate, demonise, defame, intimidate and repress political opposition is over,” she said.

The MEC chairperson said the electoral body seeks to hold free, fair and credible elections. She said they have capacity to monitor all campaign activities.

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Mavuto
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Mavuto

So how exactly do you expect to win votes in our areas of you boo our traditional chiefs?

Chimulirenji
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We don’t need your vote you foolish Lhomwes

Mutokototoko
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Mutokototoko

DPP will carry the day MCP ifune isafune. UTM ifune isafune. UDF Ifune isafune .The writings are clear on the wall.

Patrick Mbewe
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Patrick Mbewe

Munthu akamafa mmayamba nkhutu kugontha. Malawians regret giving DPP the benefit of doubt

mulumuzana
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mulumuzana

Gogo chalo LUNDU adandilankhulira bwino zedi ku maliro a senior chief kabudula komwe a chakwera ndi a Mutharika were in attendance….iwo adati MCP sidzalamuliranso dziko lino….mfumu yolimba mtima…kwa ine ndinaona kuti ndiufulu wao kulankhula maganizo awo chifukwa ngakhale ine amene ndikuona kuti MCP sidzalamuliranso dziko lino ….chifukwa chakwera akaluza pa 21 may pano sindikuona anthu achigawo chapakati akumupatsa mpando wa upresident mia….zidalephereka kale ndi gwanda mphezi mwanazuwere chakwamba mwana olimba mtima…tsogolo lathu lowala ndilabwino lija lafika….UTM moto kuti buuuuu

Omex70
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Omex70

khalani ndi ubulutu wanuwo bambo. Mulungu ndi malume anu kuti mukanene kuti MCP sidzalamulira?

ndele
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ndele

Some of our chiefs are just bloody fools arse lickers in the name kuseta ma bwana coz of easy handouts -money. I JUST MEAN OUR MONEY- TAXES

dan
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dan

Those who were booed must learn a lesson. Who do people say that yo are?

Ndata Albino Auction Floor
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Khungu, Lukwa, Kaomba, Lundu, Ngolongoliwa and Tsabango are lesser human beings. They are not supposed to be chiefs at all. During the campaign debates there was a question about chiefs. To be honest we don’t need them. We only need village headmen not TAs. We need village headmen because we still have villages. Politics has diluted the role of chiefs. They are now dpp asshole leakers. Bakili started misusing and intimidating chiefs in order to prolong his stay in power. Bakili forgot that everything comes to an end. Where is he now? His dpp is dead. Ngolongoliwa and Lundu are… Read more »

SYMPA
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SYMPA

Some of these chiefs really need to be boooed……I 100% agree

Vinjenje
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Vinjenje

Anachita bwino.

Linda
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Linda

Why boeing the chiefs…

Kestern wa Mafuta Centre
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Kestern wa Mafuta Centre

Ukufunsa nani?

seat
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seat

KIKIKIK ngati akufunsa atate wake

Telon
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Because those booed are political fools.

Linda
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Linda

The ones booing are also fools

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

Only who block other parties except DPP to hold campaign meetings in theirs areas

VVVVVVV
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VVVVVVV

Ngolongoliwa,Kyungu and Lundu deserved the booing,these are useless chiefs ever seen in the 15 countries i have been in SADC

ADZONZI
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ADZONZI

BOOING IS A VERY FOOLISH, OUR FRIENDS IN USA DO NOT BOO

Scholastica Bombe
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Scholastica Bombe

YOUR FRIENDS IN US, WHO ARE THESE FRIENDS OF YOURS MY FRIEND? DO YOU FOLLOW US POLITICS OR YOU ARE JUST COMMENTING?

Patrick Mbewe
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Patrick Mbewe

USA yake iti ? Kungomva kuti isan trump was booed dzana lomweli.

Chi
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Chi

Adzodzi we are in Malawi. We vote for thieves and stupid people as long as they are home boys. Have a good day

Nyapapi
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Nyapapi

ukawafunse mafumuwo, ife ndi mafumu?

Patrick Mbewe
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Patrick Mbewe

Iwe Ben Phiri ndi kachigoba Kako kamaliseche ujufunsa chinyezi m:bafa. Ukafera kundende iwe

Saulosa
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Saulosa

Inutu simungamake ngakhale kachilimako kataima ndi Ben Phiri… muli mmadzi kwabasi