Paramount Chief Lundu of Chikhwawa has asked Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to amend the electoral law which allows foreigners who have stayed in the country for more than seven consecutive years to take part during elections.
The Paramount Chief said this on Sunday during the ongoing MEC sensitization meetings with traditional leaders and their subjects to discuss electoral related issues.
“I am not comfortable with the electoral law which gives power to foreigners to take part during the country’s electoral process. This has always been my great concern because they may end electing leaders who can ruin the country because they may not be able to critically scrutinize the candidates,” said Lundu.
He then urged his subjects to vote for ward councilors, Members of Parliament (MPs) and President who can bring meaningful economic development in the country.
Chief Lundu also appealed to his traditional leaders and subjects to desist from corrupt practices in the run up to May 20 tripartite elections to contribute towards free and fair polls.
Meanwhile, Sub-Traditional Authority Ndakwera of Chikhwawa has appealed to the youth in his area to avoid being used by politicians in perpetrating political violence’s.
Ndakwera also urged all aspirants in his area to inform District Commissioners office and the police whenever they are holding political rallies to ensure peaceful and credible elections.
On her part MEC, Assistant Civic and Voters Education Officer, Emilia Chadza asked traditional leaders not to take part in active politics.
“I would like to urge all traditional leaders to level the playing field by allowing all the contestants to conduct their campaign rallies anywhere in your respective areas,” said Chadza.
She also tipped all political parties in the country to select active and trusted party monitors who can work vigilantly during the whole voting and counting process.
“If all parties and candidates choose trusted individuals to monitor the voting and counting process issues of political violence’s after the elections can be reduced radically because these people would be able to expose all irregularities and suspected rigging processes in all polling centres,” said Chadza.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 11:01