Post-election complaints committee established in Malawi: Moffat Banda appointed chairperson

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in conjunction with Malawi  Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has established an Election Broadcasting, Monitoring and  Complaints Committee which aims  at handling all electoral related complaints against the country’s licensed broadcasters ahead of May 21 elections.

MEC commissioner Moffat Banda:  To chair complaints committee

The Committee has been set up in accordance with section 27 of the Communications Act-2016 and under the terms and condition of licenses issued to the broadcasters, according to a statement released on Thursday.

“The Committee will be chaired by the Chairperson of Media, Civic  and Voter Education Committee of the MEC while the Director General of MACRA will be the secretary,” reads a statement signed by the interim Chairperson Dr. Mastern Moffat Banda.

The statement indicates that the committee comprises of six organisations namely, Malawi Electoral Commission, Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority, Malawi Law Society, MISA Malawi, Centre for Multiparty Democracy and Media Council of Malawi.

The electoral stakeholders are encouraged to lodge their complaints  against irresponsible conduct of some broadcasters.

All the people submitting complaints will be required to provide personal details and as well as remains confidential if he or she chooses to.

Among other things, the complainant need to mention name station where material in question was broadcast  and the time, explain the actual offending substance that was broadcast and demonstrate how it offends them.

“The Committee will make its determination on the complaint which  will be communicated back to the Complainant. All complaints should be lodged in writing and those who are not able to write should seek assistance to submit a written complaint,” it reads.

Finally, the Committee assures the nations that all complaints submitted will be dealt with in the highest standards of impartiality and objectiveness whilst safeguarding the voters’ interest.

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George salijeni
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George salijeni

Ofunika kumnthinula mdala ameneyu hes very corrupt and ndianthu amene akulepheretsa Malawi kutukuka.

mtetr
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mtetr

How will Moffat Banda hear complaints which he, himself, has caused? This man is DPP throughout. You MEC & MACRA Leaders think Malawians are so daft they can’t see election rigging in the making?

Getu
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Getu

This is uttery nosense. Every one knows Moffat as a DPP diehard. Do not expect anyone to have confidence in this committee. The committee is stale, foolish planners.

Silica gell
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Silica gell

On why Moffat Banda: 1) commissioner at MEC 2) Mzwanya 3) PHD holder 4) long serving member of one of the most popular and public media houses in Malawi among MEC commissioners 5) Has a Stable and analytical mind. Etc

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

Why Malawians are we toralating this business of choosing MEC Members by the President alone, b4 parties were choosing & the President only assented? We are indeed getting a raw deal coz this Moffat Banda & the entire electoral team are pro DPP.

Ujeni Hiwa
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Ujeni Hiwa

Paja mdala ameneyu ndiwa DPP and he has Doctorate degree ya unknown university??ma nyusensi basi he has dpp interests at heart.shud just go back to do Za M’banja.a Mofat Banda.very corrupt too.he pushes for allowances wthout attending meetings

Central
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Central

I don’t appreciate the motive behind this move because I feel the section under discussion is misunderstood!! To me this is merely intended to promote both confusion and rigging of the elections. Why do I say that, its because Section 27.- (1) of the Communications Act [2016] says and I quote: The Authority [MACRA] may establish consultative or advisory fora in the communications sector to assist the Authority with the discharge of its functions under this Act. What MEC and MACRA have done to me is a deliberate act to confuse the process because, the Act is not telling MACRA… Read more »

Kudambwe
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I thought its only me with reservations on this appointment as i have known him to be a DPP diehard of all time or may be he has changed now but i dont think so.

gwenenthe mwale
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gwenenthe mwale

why choosing moffat banda the guy is partisan . wa DPP mdala ameneyu. choose a neutral person NOT this MOFFAT BANDA. mukufuna kubera kapena kuti chiyani. TATOPA NANU A DPP . We dont want you. FULL STOP!!!!!!!

hope
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Join the discussion…I hate this guy. He z typical DPP

Nelson mandera
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Malawian why do you trust the DPP led government? They always have to put one of their guys in each and every commetee or government gotherings, i prefer Chakwera basi