UTM’s Kaliati says poor civic education DPP’s ploy to rig elections: Dausi says nope

As opposition political parties and some Civil Society Organisations  (CSOs) continue with their appeal for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to reopen  voter registration in districts that were in the first phase of the voter registration excise, Member of Parliament for Mulanje West, Patricia Kaliati  of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) has accused government of deliberately withholding funds for civic and voter education in the concerned districts.

Kaliati:  DPP unpopular it is only hoping to rig

Dausi: That is total lie

Kaliati, who is interim secretary general of UTM, a political grouping  break away from DPP trumpeting the candidature of vice-president Saulos Chilima as President,  said the withholding of the funds for civic education i s part of the DPP tactics to rig next year’s tripartite elections.

But Information Minister, Nicholas Dausi who is also DPP Publicity Secretary has since rubbished the accusations describing Kaliati’s sentiments as a show of ignorance on electoral laws.

Speaking in an interview, Kaliati said that the DPP strategists know that the party does not enjoy support in the centre and were deliberately frustrating the civic and voter education efforts in the region to give the party an advantage in next year’s polls.

 

“The DPP knows it does not enjoy support in the center which also happens to have been earmarked for the early phases of the voter registration excise and they are getting advantage on the fact that voters are disappointed with the empty campaign promises made in the run up to the 2014 tripartite elections,” said Kaliati.

She, however, spared the blame on MEC and the CSOs that were accredited to do civic and voter education for next year’s tripartite elections, saying government was to blame for the unsuccessful civic and voter education for the voter registration excise.

“Government is not interested in some parts of the country. Government is interested in areas where it has support and take it or leave it you will see how the civic and voter education is going to be conducted in areas where the DPP enjoys support,” she said adding, “MEC and the CSOs that were accredited to do the civic and voter education have to rise above these politics. Of course the MEC can say politicians are driving this voter apathy, but I think MEC and the CSOs have a civic responsibility of engaging with the electoralates and sensitive them that shunning to register as voters equals to putting back bad leadership into power,” said Kaliati.

 

But speaking in a separate  phone interview, Dausi said that Kaliati’s sentiments were misleading and unfortunate and they were a demonstration of her ignorance on electoral laws.

“Section 76 of the Malawi Electoral Commission Act gives the commission powers to accredit civil society organisations to conduct civic and voter education for any elections in the country and Kaliati’s sentiments are misguided and are a demonstration of ignorance of electoral laws,” said Dausi.

But speaking in another interview, People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) President, Mark Katsonga Phiri said that the planning and publicity for the voter registration excise was poorly handled and people did not understand the need to register as voters.

“People are tired and they didn’t understand the need of registering as voters they believe having a national identity card was enough to qualify them as voters,” said Katsonga.

And speaking in another interview, Gift Trapence, Executive Director of the Centre for Development of People (CEDEP) said the first phase of the voter registration excise was a flop saying this was a result of a civic and voter education excise that was not properly done to the extent that some people were not aware of the excise

“MEC should learn a lesson from the poor turnout of registered voters in the first phase and intensity voter civic education in the remaining phases. As it now stands MEC would look as being biased towards the DPP,” said Trapence.

He said MEC should accept calls to redo the voter registration excise in the districts that were in the first phase of the voter registration excise.

“There have been calls to redo the registration excise in the areas that were in the first phase, but these calls have been rejected, why is MEC being on the defensive? This is denying people to vote, this is gross violation of citizens’ right to vote,” said Trapence.

However a joint investigation by the Malawi Electoral Commission on the reasons to the low voter registration turnout in the first phase of the excise has uncovered that the attitude of elected leaders when they are voted into power is driving voter apathy.

MEC Commissioner Dr. Moffat Banda recently told reporters that the first phase of the voter registration excise had suffered challenges because people were complaining that elected leaders do not serve the interests of the electors once voted into office.

“People are complaining that their elected leaders do not serve the public interest, the leaders are never close to the electors once they are in office and they don’t see a reason of registering as voters so that they vote for the same people or new faces that will not serve their interests,” said Banda.

A pollster MEC pollster indicated that out of the 1,272,000 voters that were projected to register in the first phase of the excise covering Dedza, Kasungu and Salima, only 670,000 turned to register as voters.

According to the pollster out of the 400,000 projected registrants in Dedza, only 300,000 registered as voters with Kasungu registering 200,000 of the projected 472,000 voters while in Salima only 170,000 of the projected 400,000 voters turned out to register.

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kman
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Muyisova makape inu mwabesa kale ma vote kkkkkkkk

ndadabwa
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a dausi, musaname mwakonzeka kubera. siuja mapepala ovota vota ali ku nyumba kwa jean mwangala ku area 47 sector 4. komanso a Jane Ansa ndikukuchenjezani, the style which you are using sending faulty equipment to regitration centres mukudzipalira mkwiyo wa Mulungu. kumbukira amzanu atagulitsa dziko anafa ngati nkhuku. Jane Ansa, pse don’t drink from the cup of corruption.

Samuel
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Samuel

KWAINE MEC sinalakwe kanthu. Ndikukumbukira bwino lomwe kuti adapangitsa chisankho choyeselera kuparliment ndipo aphungu onse omwe adalipo panthawiyo adavota. MEC idauza aphunguwo kuti aliyense akafotokozere anthu kukonsitituense kwake. Pamalawi pano anthu ovotawatu ambiri ali ndi zipani zao. Opanda chipani ndiochepa kwambiri. Mwachitsanzo chabe DPP, MCP, UDF,PP, PPM, PETRA,DEPECO. RP,AFORD, ONSEO AUZE ANTHU AO AKALEMBETSE, APATHY ICHOKERA KUTI? MUPUTE MUKAONE KUMENE AKULEMBETSA PANO MUKAONE MMENE ZIKUKHALIRA. GALIMOTO ZAZIMKUZA MAU ZIRI PALIPONSE. USIKU ANTHU SAKUGONA NDIPHOKOSO YA GALIMOTO ZAKALEMBELA. ANTHU AKUGWIRA NTCHITO DAY AND NIGHT. Maganizo anga ndioti MEC imalize kaye kenako adzabweleze kwasabata imodzi kumene anthu sanachitiletu bwino ngati ku Salima.… Read more »

mtete
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I can’t agree with you more Dzukani A Malawi. As long as we have idiots like those in Kasungu, Dedza and Salima, we are doomed.

Central
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Central

Mtete, it is very wrong to put all blame and call Kasungu, Dedza and Salima people idiots!! If you have been following the findings of the snapshot survey on the same, one of the key reasons why very few people did register in the areas under discussion was that registration equipment broke down and or most of them were not functional. As such, the registration staff were merely working for an hour or two. In that regard people were told to go home for the staff to send the equipment back to MEC for maintenace. Based on the above, it… Read more »

mtete
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I heard two or three people in Kasungu (or is it Salima?)and Dedza telling us why they did not register as voters saying they are not happy with current leaders, even the president. Elsewhere some people would jump at the opportunity to register and ensure development conscious people are elected instead. It appears Civic Education failed here. I hereby partially withdraw the blame heaped on MEC. because the poor showing in the first phase of registration is not entirely their fault. We have so many idiots all over. Where were the Regional, District and Area Chairmen? And the MPs are… Read more »

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

DPP will win the elections next year having amassed 1 Milion votes only. They will rule with impunity and looting will be the orrderfor the day. Shop will have no stock of basic foodstuffs, there will be hunger never experienced in Malawi, the legal system will have completely been broken down and with it safety of ordinary people as there won’t be any respect for rule of law. It is at this point that Malawians will wake up and understand the importance of registering to vote and indeed vote. Malawi is going a notch or two signed nto a deep… Read more »

Heavy-duty
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Heavy-duty

I think this woman is running out of ideas no wonder akuoneka ngati mzukwa, next ikhala cancer ya kumaso.

Ncilima is finished
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Nchilima is finished. UTM means United transport Company which died years ago

kaka ni dada
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kaka ni dada

Ansah akufuna imfa ya chidule muja adachitila ena aja adasokoneza chisankho cha 2014.

Nthowa Ikwiza
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I don’t always believe you when you say that this Patricia woman is married. How does the husband feel of a woman of this type. Are you sure the husband is comfortable and at peace with this kind of lady?? I doubt!

Central
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Stop being stupid and shallow minded! Iwe siunaopne kuti anthu awiri a banja amasiyana mtundu wa zinthu zimene amakonda even zakudya? Utsiru wake wamtundu chani omaganiza kuti a husband should be dictating the actions of a woman? Patricia has the right to exercise her rights on the group of people she is interested to join and that does not mean she does not love A. Kaliati, the husband!! Ngati muli ndi maganizo onunkha or you don’t understand the issues, it is better to be quite than expose your stupidity in the public like this!! All she is saying is the… Read more »

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