President elected through votes cast not social media carpers- Ansah

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah has urged all registered voters to keep their voter certificates safe and turnout in large numbers on poling date to vote a candidate of their choice to be President, saying social media patronage does not count in elections.

Ansah:Facebook and social media patronage do not count for a candidate to win 

The MEC chairperson made the remarks in a speech marking the launch of the campaign period.

“The truth is that only votes cast count for a candidate to win an election,” said Ansah, adding “Facebook and social media patronage do not count. So all registered voters should know that the ultimate goal is to turn up for voting.”

Ansah also reminded voters that it is their responsibility to ensure that they patronize campaign activities by all candidates so that they make informed decisions on who to vote for.

Ansah, however, said voters should desist from being agents of violence and intimidation.

“They should respect the political decisions and choices of others, we can co-exist in diversity of political choices, that is the beauty and power of democracy,” she said.

The official campaign period has started today and will end 48 hours before July 2, which is the polling day.

The electoral body will receive nominations from presidential candidates this week.

UTM and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are yet to unveil their coalition’s torch bearer, but it is highly expected that President Peter Mutharika will lead the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) alliance with the United Democratic Front (UDF) to defend his position after the Constitutional Court annulled his election in its February 3 ruling.

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Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
9 months ago

Why is she making such a remark? It sounds as if she has already picked a side.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
9 months ago

Koma agogo adakali nazo mphamvu zopangilanso campaign, more so, he needs to be shielding from covid-19 as old people are more at risk.

Shatta
Shatta
9 months ago

Ansah as daft as ever.

No sane person can ignore the impact of social media on modern politics and elections. Not surprised with the comments at all. Comments being made by an arrogant and ignorant Ansah.

Covid-May 2019 criminals

Jane Ansah zikamuyike mmanda ndi Nyama osati anthu akuwazunzawa. As for APM Malawians will definitely celebrate his death just like they did with Bingu. He can even be dragged in the streets like American soldiers in Mogadishu when Muhammad Fara Aidid caused havoc in the city. Choyipa chimatsata mwini. Ma cadet basop. Kudali Marshall the Dukes, Zimba and Henry Moyo. They were buried like run-over dogs. MMalawi amawoneka wopusa koma akati achite nkhanza pepani.

Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
9 months ago

Perfect

Joloza
9 months ago

Jane Ansah is spot on. The opposition supporters are making too much noise on social media and nothing on the ground. You think that the feedback you are getting on social media is a true reflection of what is happening on the ground. Here on social media Chakwera is elected president and Chilima VP that is according to social media voters. However, reality is on the ground. On the election day your social media votes will not count. You will think you are robbed of your deserved victory forgetting that you cast your vote on social media.

kaukonde
kaukonde
9 months ago

I am surprised why Mary Nkosi is still with the commission. She should have set an example by resigning because her party that sponsored her says she did not do a good job. Those who were sponsored by the DPP and UDF can stay on because the party that sponsored them are not complaining

Bamusi
9 months ago

Mzimayi iwe woyipa.ngati kuthako

John Phiri
John Phiri
9 months ago

Better to vote for the Alliance than DPP and its thieves. Mbabva zopanda manyazi

Lydia masex
Lydia masex
9 months ago

This is still abit biased …in a way.. it has just stepped out of MEC box.. here ansah seems to have scanned social media and especially facebook..and then she is making reference to political outfits which are trending on social media..

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