Elections monitors urged to be professional

The National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) has urged presiding officers to remain professional and avoid any influences during the voting process tomorrow. NICE Trust executive director Ollen Mwalubunju said this today at a press briefing held at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre where Nice presented some emerging issues in the May 21 Tripartite Elections.…

Delays mar voting materials inspection

Delayed delivery of voting materials, including ballot papers for the May 21 Tripartite Elections yesterday marred the pre-inspection exercise of the materials the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) organised. Initially, the exercise was scheduled to start at 9am in the 5 002 polling centres in the 193 constituencies nationwide and to be witnessed by representatives of…

Media urged to be responsible

  The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) has launched Fake Watch Africa with a call for the media to report responsibly during the elections and avoid fake news which can cause voter apathy. Speaking in an interview during the launch on Wednesday in Blantyre, IWPR consultant Andres Ilves said traditional media must always…

MLS speaks on Tuesday’s elections

  The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has urged candidates and political parties, including all electoral stakeholders, to observe election rules and laws in next week’s tripartite elections. A statement signed by MLS president Burton Mhango and honorary secretary Martha Kaukonde states that the lawyers’ body will hold accountable any person or group that will try…

Chilima promises mass tax incentives

  Vice-President Saulos Chilima yesterday wrapped up his Southern Region campaign with promises of mass tax incentives, including removal of 16.5 percent value added tax (VAT) on airtime, electricity and water, if elected president. Delivering a speech that sounded more like an outline of a national budget, a visibly fired up Chilima, who paid tribute…

MEC tests system amid hitches

  The second test run of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) results management system yesterday passed the test despite few technical hitches later rectified based on input from information technology experts. Yesterday’s developments at the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections’ national tally centre at the Chichiri International Conference Centre, widely known as Comesa Hall, in…

Ballot papers start arriving today

  The first batch of ballot papers for the May 21 Tripartite Elections will start arriving in the country today through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe, with the rest arriving tomorrow. In a statement issued yesterday and signed by chief elections officer Sam Alfandika, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) states that the first batch will…

Presidents shun Prayer breakfast

Five of the seven presidential candidates in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections have shunned a Presidential Prayer Breakfast scheduled for Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe today. The development means that incumbent President Peter Mutharika could be the sole presidential candidate in attendance. Independent presidential aspirant Revelend Kaliya yesterday could not be reached by his known…

Presidential aspirants boycott State House prayers

Some presidential aspirants have said they will not attend the Presidential Prayer Breakfast scheduled for tomorrow at State House in Lilongwe. The prayers have been organised by Pentecost Revival Crusades (PRC) in partnership with Calvary Family Church, Agape Life Church, Charismatic Redeemed Ministries International, Malawi Assemblies of God and Living Waters Church. Malawi Congress Party…

Law Society mourns lawyer Chisanga

Malawi Law Society (MLS) has described private practice lawyer Mayer Chisanga’s death as a blow to the legal fraternity, saying his gap will be hard to fill. MLS honorary secretary Martha Kaukonde, in an email response yesterday,  said the late Chisanga, a Senior Counsel (SC), was a great man who was committed to the rule…

Report connects DPP to violence

With 14 days to the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, a study on electoral conflict and violence in the country has explicitly mentioned governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as the perpetrator of electoral violence. The report, undertaken by Henry Chingaipe, Horace Chingaipe and Joseph Thombozi, has also noted an increase in inter-party violence in the…

MEC oozes confidence

 With only 17 days remaining for Malawians to the polls, MEC has said it has no worries and is confident of a credible election, claiming everything is in place. MEC chief elections officer Sam Alfandika said this  yesterday in response to an enquiry from Weekend Nation during a media briefing on the sidelines of a…

Network hitch mars MEC test

Network glitches derailed Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) testing of the elections results management process yesterday ahead of the May 21 Tripartite Elections. The commission had scheduled for the dry run testing, at Comesa Hall in Blantyre, to start at 9am but ended up starting over one and a half hours later at 10.40am due to…

Bingu’s last guest Penemulungu dies

Former Lilongwe City South East legislator Agnes Penemulungu, who was the last person to meet president Bingu wa Mutharika before his collapse at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe in April 2012, has died. Penemulungu, who in June 2013 resigned from the then governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which technically became an opposition party and declared herself…

Mutharika, Magufuli hold talks today

President Peter Mutharika is this afternoon scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli in Lilongwe amid an unresolved Lake Malawi border dispute between the two countries. In a statement outlining Magufuli’s schedule, which includes opening of the 2019 Tobacco Marketing Season at Lilongwe Floors this Thursday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and…

Cyclone Kenneth looms

Cyclone Kenneth is set to bring more rains, particularly in lakeshore areas, a statement from Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (MET) has indicated. In a statement signed by MET director Jolam Nkhokwe, the department said a deep low pressure system expected to lead to the cyclone will have no direct effect on the…

5 arrested for alleged political violence

Malawi Police Service (MPS) has arrested five people on suspicion that they incited violence when President Peter Mutharika conducted whistle-stop campaign meetings at Nsundwe, Kabudula and Nsalu trading centres in Lilongwe last week. In an interview yesterday, National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said the five were arrested last week on separate occasions at Nsundwe and…

EU observer mission team  optimistic of credible polls

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) for the May 21 Tripartite Elections has expressed optimism that the elections will be transparent, credible and in accordance with electoral laws. In an interview before deployment of 28 long-term observers in Blantyre yesterday, the mission’s deputy chief observer Mark Stevens said they are approaching the electoral…