Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has advised Salima-based female aspirants to share realistic manifestos with the electorate as a strategy to win voters’ trust.
CCJP head of commission Kondwani Mtonza said most legislators fail to retain their seats due to failure to fulfil their campaign promises because they were not practical.
Addressing the aspirants on Saturday, Mtonza highlighted the need to focus on retaining all seats currently under female elected political leaders as a base for promoting women empowerment.
“Voters are sensitive to such issues [promoses]; hence, the need to outline practical agendas during the campaign,” he said.
The gathering also discovered that most female aspirants are not ready with their manifestos.
In his comment, CCJP Lilongwe Archdiocese governance officer Mwai Sandram, whose catchment area includes Salima, said the commission has proposed post-election engagements with female aspirants in preparation for the 2024 general elections.
Ndindi Ward councillor Lucy Kamphonje thanked CCJP for its continued guidance on the electoral process.
CCJP is implementing a Malawi Electoral Cycle Support Project in six of the 10 traditional authorities in the district with financial support from UN-Women through the Episcopal Conference of Malawi.
Salima has three female councillors out of 10 wards and one female member of Parliament in five constituencies. n