Political players cautioned against breaching electoral laws

Multi Party Liaison Committees MPLC in Ntchisi and Dowa, Malawi have cautioned all political players in the two districts against flouting electoral laws in the run-up to next year’s tripartite elections for peaceful and credible polls.

The committees made the warning during a meeting with various electoral stakeholders to iron out differences that arose following an allegation that an aspirant was ferrying people in Trucks to Chibanzi and Mtandawagalu centres in Dowa from Ntchisi to register so that they vote for her in next year’s polls.

Led by District Commissioners for Ntchisi and Dowa, James Manyetera and Alex Mdooko respectively, the committees faulted centre supervisors and parliamentarian for the area, Samuel Kawale for not following proper procedures.

Monitors at the Centre who included of Malawi Congress Party and Democratic Progressive Party interrogated the people who confessed that they had been ferried to the centres by Mrs. Makuta, a United Transformation Movement UTM aspiring for a parliamentary seat in Dowa, North East constituency.

DPP monitor Alfred Sinoya and MCP monitor Rodwell Kachidekwe followed up the issue and found an empty Truck parked in the village.

Speaking at the meeting Mrs. Makuta said “people who came to register at the Centre were my relatives.”

She denied allegations leveled against her that she was dishing out money to some people at the centre saying she gave children who were begging her.

After lengthy discussions participants at the meeting agreed that Mrs Makuta ferried people from Ntchisi to register at Chibanzi centre in Dowa.

District Commissioner for Ntchisi, James Manyetera hailed the monitors at the centre for taking immediate action to stop non_ residents from registering at the centre.

The second phase of voter registration which is underway in Nkhotakota, Mchinji, Dowa and Ntchisi, Mchinji is expected to end on 26th July, 2018.

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