PAC advise religious leaders to refrain from campaign messages

Members of the Public Affairs Committee (PAC), an interfaith organization comprising Protestant, Catholic and Muslim faith groups in Malawi have condemned the tendency of some religious leaders who they say are abusing the pulpit by feeding their respective congregation with campaign messages for their favoured presidential candidates as the 2014 polls fast approaches.

There has been an outcry from politicians as well as members of the general public that some religious leaders are influencing their faithful to vote for the particular candidate during the forthcoming polls.

Reacting to the outcry spokesperson for PAC Father Peter Mulomole says the role of the religious leaders prior to the elections is to educate their followers on the importance of casting their vote.

Malawi quasi-religious organisation PAC
Fr Mulomole; PAC spokesman

“The church is supposed to carry out and should be involved in civic education, which means that you are informing the masses on the need to put the right people who can govern the country well,” he says.

Mulomole says faith groups are not supposed to endorse particular candidate saying the duty of choose the candidate remains to the people themselves.

Malawians are expected to go to the polls on May 20 next year for a tripartite election in which they will be supposed to vote for a President, Parliamentarian and a Councilor.

The battle for  leadership of the country, promises to be among President Joyce Banda of the governing People’s Party, Lazarus Chakwera of the country’s oldest of all existing parties, the opposition Malawi Congress party, Peter Mutharika of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party and Atupele Muluzi of the opposition United Democratic Front.

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