Thursday, March 30


National News, Politics

Polling process to go on smoothly despite burnt truck-MEC

By Shadreck Maoni Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Justice Dr. Chifundo Kachale has assured the nation that the polling process will go on smoothly despite burnt elections material. This was after a MEC hired van registration Number CA 779 caught fire due to electrical fault Monday morning. "The incident happened near Limbe Cathedral in Blantyre and at the time of the accident the truck was empty. No person was hurt. The truck had just been hired and was on its way to Thyolo where it was assigned to pick polling material from the constituency centre to the polling stations," reads the statement signed by Dr Kachale Malawians will return to the polls on Tuesday in a hotly contested presidential election rerun, being held almost five months after the Constitutional ...
National News, Politics

HRDC urge Malawians to guard their votes

By Andrew Kadzonda: The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has asked Malawians to be vigilant and guard votes against rigging in the Tuesday's fresh presidential elections. Addressing the media in Lilongwe, HRDC Chairperson Gift Trapence said this is the time and opportunity to defend democracy. He said they are aware that there are some people who would want to rig the votes by bringing in already marked ballot papers. Trapence further warned that the organization will drag to court anyone found tampering with the votes. He however urged the support from police and military to be part of the law by protecting the people's rights. HRDC National Coordinator Luke Tembo disclosed that they wrote the Malawi Electoral Meanwhile, the organization has hailed the new...
National News, Politics

Kachale confident of credible elections despite K10b shortfall

By Our Reporter: Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Dr Chifundo Kachale has assured the nation of credible, free and fair elections despite a shortfall of K10 billion urgently needed. The country is set to hold the court-sanctioned fresh presidential election on Tuesday June 23, where Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) torchbearer Prof Peter Arthur Mutharika is set to battle it out with Dr Lazarus Chakwera of Tonse Alliance comprising of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), UTM and other parties. Addressing the media on Sunday, Kachale said government disbursed K10 billion kwacha to the electoral body on Friday. Kachale said the availability of the money, which parliament budgeted for will ensure smooth conduct of the el...

NICE trains observers, hails parties for intensive voter education

By Chrissie Mainjeni-Mec Stringer Realising the importance of election monitoring, the National Initiative for Civic Education Trust (NICE) in Chiradzulu, is training observers to achieve a credible poll. The training which started on Saturday and ends on Monday, has targeted 85 stationed monitors and 20 roving ones. Speaking on Sunday amid the training at St. Michael's primary school, NICE's Regional Civic Education Officer for the South, Christopher Naphiyo said Monitors are very crucial in an election for transparency and accountability purposes. "As you know, we are an independent body, and as usual we are objective in our dealings. So our involvement in the election only brings sanity in the whole process and trust from people," he said. Naphiyo added that another set ...
Politics, Religion

Bishop Mtumbuka urges faithfuls to vote wisely to narrow the economic gap

By Jordan Simeon-Phiri -MEC Stringer: As the count down to the court sanctioned fresh Presidential polls continues, Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese has urged his faithfuls to use the June 23 elections to vote for prudent leaders who will narrow down the wide gap between the haves and have nots emanating from lack of good economic policies and rule of law. The influential Catholic Cleric said this on Sunday during Mass Service at St. Marys Parish on Sunday, saying as a Diocese, there is need to guide its sheep on matters on national importance. “The Diocese is implementing various charitable activities through Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM) and Lusubilo Care Centre (LCC) in form of fertilizer, food, education, agriculture, child care and health t...