LILONGWE—Two human rights groups have commended the governing People’s Party (PP) for holding a convention to elect office bearers and unveil the party’s agenda for development.
“We at CHRR and CEDEP are optimistic that the Peoples Party convention will avail an opportune time for its members to elect party leaders without fear, favour or any intimidation,” the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and The Centre for Development of the People (CEDEP) said in a statement.
“The Convection will not only provide a chance to the rank and file of the party to exercise their democratic right of electing leaders of their choice but it is also a great manifestation of maturity in intra party democracy in the PP.”
The groups expressed the hope that the “Convention will not be used as a rubber stamp to put in position people that members do not want.”
The observation was made after observation conventions by other political parties in the past which were “marred by some irregularities ranging from intimidation of aspiring candidates [and] violence among other things.”
Cedep and CHRR also called “upon other political parties in Malawi to emulate the PP and call upon Conventions in their respective political parties as they prepare for the 2014 General Elections.”
They said time to be governed by appointed leaders is far gone.
“We need democratically elected leaders through at both party and national levels,” the groups said.
The PP convention starts August 27 in Blantyre.
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