CCJP outlines plans for 2019 Tripartite Elections

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), Mangochi
Diocese, one of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) accredited by
Malawi Electoral Commission to conduct civic and voter education in
the May 2019 Tripartite Elections, says it is set to roll out massive
sensitization campaigns.

Announcing the plans in interview on Tuesday, Mangochi CCJP Diocesan
Secretary Bruno Banda said his organization wants to ensure successful
registration and enhance the credibility of 2019 polls.

“We are now rolling out sensitization campaigns in all the
constituencies in the diocese so that there must be no lukewarm
patronage during registration exercise as was the case in Salima,
Dedza and Kasungu districts during the phase one of voter
registration,” he said

Banda hinted that his organization wants an election which will be
characterized of huge turnout of registrants and voters, issue based
campaigns, non-violence and an election which will have minimal null
and void votes.

“Our goal is to promote high levels of voter participation and a
violence free culture during the forth-coming 2019 polls,” he added.

In this regard, Banda said his organization will train more volunteers
who will be deployed in the communities to facilitate civic and voter
education messages.

“By engaging the volunteers, this will ensure successful and effective
delivery of civic and voter   education messages and will eventually
lead en masse voting,” he said.

The diocesan secretary revealed that his organization will also
conduct debates, distribute Information, Education and Communication
(IEC) materials which will carry messages on the voting procedures and
messages that will be encouraging potential voters.

Banda, therefore, asked all stakeholders including chiefs to take an
interest in elections to ensure that the 2019 tripartite elections
register milestones and be a model to other countries.

Asked if they are prepared to contribute to a successful and credible
elections, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe of Mangochi said as
chiefs they are always ready to work with the CSOs in encouraging
people to take part in a vote because election is a multi-stakeholder
task.

CCJP Mangochi Diocese is comprised of Mangochi, Balaka and Machinga districts.

By AYAMBA KANDODO – MEC STRINGER.

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