Preparatory activities for Malawi 2014 tripartite elections kick start May 8- EC

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has disclosed that the start of activities on the preparations for the next year’s tripartite elections will be officially launched on May 8 to give a chance for the accredited civil society organization to start voter education exercise.

This comes few days after representatives of the Malawi Electoral Support Network complained that the delays in releasing the calendar of event will negatively affect the voter education exercise which they are mandated to carry out on the members of the general public.

However, one of MEC Commissioners Gloria Chingota told reporters in Blantyre that this does not mean the start of campaign period for the political parties saying the political campaign officially starts 60 days before the polling day and ends 48 hours prior to the voting day.

Chingita: Preparations to start
Chingita: Preparations to start

“This is not the start of the campaign period but will be an opportunity for the accredited civil society organizations to start civic educating the masses on the issues concerning tripartite elections,” she said.

Chingota however said MEC can’t do anything on the ongoing campaign by the political parties characterized by castigations and mudslinging which many believe is being  perpetrated by leaders of the ruling People’s party.

“There is nothing MEC can do on these issues because according to our calendar this is not the campaign period. We can only intervene when these things are done within the campaign period authorized by MEC,” she said.

The commission is currently running a 10-day workshop for some of the accredited stakeholders.

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