Foreign observers hail MEC

  International observer missions have described Tuesday’s tripartite elections as well-managed, inclusive, transparent and competitive. In press conferences held separately in Blantyre by the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM), Commonwealth Observer Mission, Africa Union  Election Observation Mission and Electoral Commissions Forum of Sadc countries (ECF-Sadc)commended the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) for a well-organised and…

17 arrested over election-related cases

  Police say they have arrested 17 people nationwide in relation to election-related cases in the aftermath of Tuesday’s tripartite elections. Confirming the development in an interview yesterday, National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said they have recorded nine incidents, including voting for more than once, tampering with election materials, assault of a parliamentary candidate in…

Stronghold patterns hold

  Early sporadic results coming after mid-night today show that regional strongholds for DPP and MCP held firmly, but new kid on the block UTM Party appeared to ingratiate itself in the Central and Northern Regions while UDF showed support erosion in what used to be its eastern region bedroom. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)…

Campaign gets mixed rating

  Stakeholders have given a mixed rating for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections campaign period with some describing it as successful and others bemoaning violence and proliferation of “fake news” as challenges. Political parties, civil society organisations (CSOs) and political analysts yesterday feared abuse of the social media, negative publicity, vote rigging allegations and…

MEC warns against flouting polling staff recruitment procedures

  The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has directed all district election coordinators (DECs) to revisit the polling staff lists following reports that some coordinators were flouting guidelines when coming up with the lists. In a letter issued yesterday addressed to all DECs, MEC chief elections officer Sam Alfandika warns that the commission will not recognise…

Thugs attack EU election observers

  Unknown thugs attacked two European Union (EU) election observers in Chikwawa on Sunday night, taking away assorted personal items including a laptop, two mobile phones and K1.6 million. The 10 thugs, who broke into the rooms of Memories Lodge at around 2am, left one observer injured. According to Chikwawa Police publicist Foster Benjamin, the…

CSOs submit women manifesto to ministry

  The Women’s Manifesto Movement (Women) has handed over the document to the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare for implementation. The movement comprises the 50:50 Campaign Management Agency, Women Legal Resources Centre (Wolrec), Oxfam, NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGO-GCN), UN Women, Hivos and Centre for Multiparty Democracy, among others. Speaking in Blantyre…

K400m for additional election vehicles

Treasury has released K400 million for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to hire 400 trucks for the transportation of election materials before and after the May 21 Tripartite Elections. This comes amid reports of MEC facing a shortage of about 450 trucks for distribution of election materials nationwide ahead of the polls. MEC chief elections officer…

Macra hails operators for reducing tariffs

Malawi Communications Regulator Authority (Macra) says telecommunication operators have started reducing their tariffs for calls and data in line with one of the objectives of the Communications Act. When tariffs are considered high in telecommunications services, Macra intervenes by asking operators to reduce their interconnection rates. In a statement, Macra says since effecting the reductions,…

Mihowa heads Oxfam Malawi

Oxfam Malawi has elevated its deputy country director Lingalireni Mihowa to the position of country director,  replacing John Makina who has since retired. In a statement, Oxfam Southern Africa regional director Nellie Nyang’wa said Mihowa, who served as deputy country director since 2015, was appointed after “a rigorous and thorough recruitment process”. She described Mihowa as…

MEC bars another candidate

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has disqualified Medson Grandson Nkhoma, a parliamentary candidate in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, for continuing to work as a public servant after presenting nomination papers. Nkhoma, who was contesting the Dowa South East Constituency on an independent ticket, becomes the second candidate to be disqualified after Bakali Osman, a United…

Floods affect BWB  water project deadline

Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has said completion of the $23.5 million (about K17.6 billion) Likhubula Water Supply System Project which was initially slated for the first week of April has delayed following heavy rains and flooding which damaged some of its pipes early last month. BWB director of technical services Mavuto Chiipanthenga said the floods…

TNM, Airtel dismiss vote rigging plot

TNM plc and Airtel Malawi, the country’s integrated information and communications technology and mobile phone network operators, have distanced their networks from alleged rigging plots in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. In two separate notices issued yesterday, the two rivals spoke with one voice, stressing that their networks are safe, robust and secure and…

16 die in Easter road accidents

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) says it has recorded 67 road accidents which resulted in 16 deaths during Easter holiday, a rise from 44 accidents but same number of fatalities during the same period last year. National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera in an interview yesterday attributed the increase in accidents to reckless driving, citing drivers’…

PAC prayers, peace pact signing May 4

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has set May 4 for presidential candidates in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections to attend national prayers and sign a peace declaration at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe. In an interview yesterday, PAC executive director Robert Phiri said the quasi-religious body is currently engaging presidential candidates individually. He…