The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of the Zomba Diocese and the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) have asked authorities to take action on alleged reports that some traditional leaders in Zomba are denying opposition political parties chance to hold meetings in their areas.
The CCJP coordinator Joseph Nthondo said for Malawi to have credible 2014 elections, there must be peaceful coexistence among all stakeholders ahead of the voter registration period in the district.
He said this on Monday at a meeting organised by CCJP in collaboration with Nice, which was aimed at sensitising district Multiparty Liaison Committee (MPLC) members to move towards the 2014 elections.
“So, there must be conducive environment for all political parties to hold meetings, but let me hasten to add that MEC has not declared the official campaign period.
“We need to ensure that all the necessary procedures are followed. These include notifying the police and the district commissioner’s office.
In his remarks, Senior Chief Mlumbe said: “I am going to summon meetings of all my subordinates to sensitise them to the dos and don’ts of the electoral process to ensure that we do not have violence during party rallies in my area. We are going to work together to make Zomba the best when voter registration starts on September 11 2013.”