United Democratic Front (UDF) says there is need for intensive civic education on 50+1 formula of electing president before it is adopted as the electoral system can be confusing.
UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga said this when he contributed during a phone in programme on Capital Radio.
“People must be told how the system works, they must be told that the system encourages political alliances,” said Ndanga.
He said his party, which is in alliance with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party in parliament has not yet done civic education to its supporters on the system, saying it is premature as the law is yet to be drafted.
“We have discussed this issue at the national executive level, not much at regional level but we are yet to get to the grassroots,” he said, adding 2019 might be too a short time to implement the system.
Most callers who were mostly from southern region, the stronghold of the ruling DPP said the status quo of first-past-the-post system should be maintained whilst most callers from the central region, the stronghold of opposition Malawi Congress Party said there was need for the new system to be implemented.
There were no calls from the north.
The Law Commission is yet to come up with a draft bill on the new system.
President Peter Mutharika said recently there was need for wide consultations on the system before it becomes law and subsequently effected and implemented.