PAC says election results for 2019 unpredictable: Overconfidence among presidential candidates cause for concern

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has expressed concerned over growing levels of confidence among presidential candidates saying  such may cause post-election violence as some may fail to accept defeat.

Rev Chingota, PAC leadership and delegates at the two day conference at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre

PAC Chairperson Rev. Dr Felix Chingota expressed this on Wednesday during the start of a two day interfaith conference on 2019 electoral process at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre, aimed at equipping faith leaders with information on the forthcoming elections.

“There is no doubt that the 2019 election results will be unpredictable. Each candidate is expressing himself as an automatic winner as displayed by the level of confidence our candidates are uttering to their supporters.

“This is well and good in a democratic election, but such degree of confidence should not overshadow the fact that there can only be one winner in an election,” he noted.

Rev. Chigota said PAC has put in place a number of mechanisms as preparatory measures to prevent conflict during and after elections.

“We have invited all presidential candidates for national prayers where they would sign a Peace Declaration on May 4, 2019

“On the other hand we have implemented early warning and response system using a phone application where at least 140 youth have been trained in the use of the application so at to report violence,” he said, adding that the youth will be deployed in hot sport areas,” he added.

Rev. Chingota warned faith groups of making utterances in respect of some presidential candidates saying such remakes may be interpreted as partisan positions.

The Conference is being held under the theme “promoting a common understanding among faith leaders on the 2019 electoral process “and will tackle key issues of hate speech, incitement to violence and security situation and managing violence the 2019 electoral process.

During the meeting, participants deliberated on numerous issues ranging from rigging elections to conflict resolution and the whole electoral process.

It has drawn representatives from Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Malawi Police Service (MPS) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Malawi’s 6.8 million registered voters will have seven presidential candidates to choose from when they queue to vote in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections including incumbent President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Vice-President Saulos Chilima of newly formed UTM Party.

Besides political allies-turned-rivals, Mutharika and Chilima, other candidates in the presidential race are Lazarus Chakwera (Malawi Congress Party-MCP), John Chisi (Umodzi Party-UP), Peter Kuwani (Mbakuwaku Movement for Development-MMD),  Atupele Muluzi (United Democratic Front-UDF)  and Revelend Kaliya (independent).

 

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Dan
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Dan

I would rather have PAC hold prayers on their own than inviting the contestants to the prayers. There will be nothing sincere in them here. And even without them I would go ahead to conduct prayers fro the sake of Malawi and not them

Nalingula
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Nalingula

PAC please focus on Processes.Nyumba timatoyika ma Burglar Bars mpaka mlonda pompo…Sikuti sitikhulupirira Mulungu kuti Satiteteza Ayi koma kuti Tisamuyese Iye.WHY not mobilise your Members Pastors ,Sheikhs,Priests Etc kuti Now azakhale ma Monitor.After all Paliponse Pali Church kapena Mosque.You Can Even have Your Own Tally Center… We Need Action…

Aka
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Aka

No politician in their right mind will tell you that they have lost even if they see it coming. That is a campaign strategy anyway to encourage their supporters to stand bold and resolute! I saee nothing wrong in it

Chabs
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Chabs

PAC should not stoop so low and start making such sentiments. there is nothing wrong for aspiring presidential candidates to be over confident.And nobody can stop anyone from being over confident.Everyone knows that there can only be one winner in any competition.PAC should not be seen to be taking sides , be neutral and let the best candidate win.
Stop this mediocrity PAC!!

dry cleaner
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dry cleaner

Well done PAC. I encourage all presidential aspirants to attend the prayers not the other one organised by cavalry at state house. .

NYO
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NYO

prayers at state house is meaningless..just playing with God…mmudziwe Mulungu!! PAC let aspirant be confident its non of your business.. Are you campaigning for them?

abiti
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abiti

Yes they are over confident….The case of SKC ..
Adzalira mokweza
Komanso adzayambisa mpungwe mpungwe ngati sawina..coz of phain

Wiseman
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Wiseman

Wo wina sangayambitse mpungwepungwe. We already know the results. Inu candidate wanu ngati si chilima just forget about it. 24 May we have new head of state in the name of SKC