LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Centre for Multi-party Democracy (CMD) says government’s delay in appointing registrar of political parties is hampering efforts to bring about sanity in the operations of political parties in the country.
CMD Executive Director Kizito Tenthani observes that the office of registrar of political parties is like a hub overseeing that all political parties in the country are doing their work following requirements set out in the Political Parties Act.
Parliament passed Political Parties Act in 2017 and became operational in 2018 replacing Political Parties Registration and regulation Act of 1993.
Among others, Political Parties Act makes provision for regulating the registration, financing and functions of political parties in the country.
The law says there must be a Registrar of Political Parties but to date, government is yet to appoint one.
“Currently, political party operations fall under the watch of the Office of Registrar General which already has a lot on its plate,” Tenthani pointed out, and added: “Office of Registrar General does not have capacity to enforce laws and monitor the operations of political parties in the country.”
The Centre for Multi-party Democracy (CMD) is a membership organization principally for political parties represented in the Malawi National Assembly.