President Banda seek donor help over Malawi’s first tripartite elections

Malawi President Joyce Banda has called on donors to help the developing country in  funding to enable it hold three elections ”the presidential, parliamentary and local government” next year.

Banda sounded the appeal in Parliament on Friday during her State opening address.

“Mr. Speaker, Sir, a Bill on tripartite elections was passed in this august House in the last sitting of Parliament to enable Malawi to hold Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government elections in May, 2014.

“To facilitate the elections, my Government will mobilise adequate resources for the holding of the elections,” she said.

However, President Banda appealed to the country’s development partners to help offset any shortfalls the electoral body may encounter in funding the exercise.

“I, therefore, call upon our cooperating and development partners to render technical and financial support to this noble cause,” said President Banda.

President Banda: Seeks support for 2014 polls
President Banda: Seeks support for 2014 polls

She also said her administration shall continue to respect the independence of Malawi Electoral Commission to ensure a credible, free and fair poll.

Malawi will be holding the three-tier elections.

Since the dawn of multiparty democracy in 1993, Malawi has only been holding periodic presidential parliamentary elections every five years. It held Local Government Elections once in 2000 which were marred by poor voter turnout estimated at as low as 11 percent.

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