The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has commended National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Public Trust for the provision of civic education which helped reduce the number of null and void votes during the May 20, 2014 tripartite elections.
Speaking during the May 20, 2014 tripartite elections review meeting held in Malawi’s Central of Ntchisi, MEC commissioner Grace Chingota said: “Let me salute CSOs especially NICE for the role they played in the 2014 elections. The Organization was everywhere in the country, it reached the unreachable areas, it reached out to all the people of all human kinds.”
Also speaking at the same meeting, which was aimed to help MEC prepare for the 2019 elections, commissioner Dr Wellington Nakanga called on the participants to advise the MEC to ensure that they yield better results in 2019 election.
He also hailed the role NICE played in civic educating people during the elections.
“We had a national turnout of 70.1 percent. The percentage of null and void votes also dropped from 2.54 percent in 2009 general elections to 1.09 percent against a major concern that tripartite elections would result in more null and void votes as it was a first of its kind,” Nakanga explained.
The National Initiative for Civic Education was one of the accredited civil society organizations by Malawi Electoral Commission to carry out voter and civic education and to monitor the whole process of 2014 Tripartite Elections.
NICE worked tirelessly in civic educating the voters in the 2014 tripartite elections through its procedures that were put in place in order to sensitize people across the country on the electoral process a development that led to reduction in null and void votes.
Some of these procedures were road shows and mock elections whereby people were given the chance to practice how to cast their votes.