The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) convened a significant meeting with representatives from registered political parties at Chikho Hotel in Mponela. The meeting was presided over by MEC Chairman, Justice Dr. Chifundo Kachale, who delivered the opening remarks, emphasizing the importance of the engagement in light of the newly enacted laws governing by-elections in the country.
In his address, Justice Dr. Chifundo Kachale welcomed all attendees, including members of the CMD board, the Principal Secretary for the National Registration Bureau (NRB), and other stakeholders. He highlighted the significance of the meeting, which aimed to discuss the seamless implementation of the new electoral laws and ensure a transparent and inclusive electoral environment.
The Chairman reiterated the Commission’s commitment to fostering collaboration, transparency, and inclusivity by frequently engaging with its stakeholders. He emphasized the pivotal role of political parties in educating their supporters about the new laws and strengthening their internal structures. By providing accurate information, political parties empower their members, build trust, enhance party strategies, and ensure fair elections, contributing to the overall health and vitality of the country’s democratic systems.
During the meeting, a comprehensive update on the progress of the ongoing National Civil Registration process was provided by the Principal Secretary of the National Registration Bureau. The registration exercise has a direct bearing on holding elections in the country, as the new electoral law has stipulated proof of national registration as the sole identification document of eligibility to register. The update aimed to ensure the integrity and accuracy of voter registration systems, enabling every eligible citizen to exercise their democratic right to vote.
After the insightful presentations, attendees were encouraged to actively participate, share their valuable perspectives, raise concerns, and contribute to building an inclusive and representative democracy. The Chairman urged the participants to engage in constructive and fruitful discussions that would pave the way for a robust electoral environment, transparent, accountable, and reflective of the will of the people.
The meeting concluded with a spirit of cooperation, with all stakeholders committed to working together to strengthen electoral processes and uphold democratic principles in the country.