By Elijah Phompho, MEC Stringer
The Malawi Electoral Commission ( MEC) Commissioner Steven Duwa on Thursday, October 22, 2020 called on some representatives of religious leaders and some representatives of teachers alongside their pupils in some schools in Chikwawa to assist in mobilising more voters to cast their vote in the the November 10 by elections.
Speaking when he addressed about 50 religious leaders from various denominations at Mitondo primary school in Chikwawa East Constituency, Commissioner Duwa said since the electoral body is no longer convening public meetings like in previous elections due to the corona virus pandemic restrictions, the electoral body is relaying on the religious leaders to help in passing the election messages to their followers.
Commissioner Duwa said apart from ensuring that as many people as possible cast their vote come next month,the religious leaders also have a role to ensure that both voters and political parties maintain paece through out the electoral period.
He added that the electoral body is also engaging schools in the country to help in disseminating the election massages through their learners and teachers instead of organising football bonanzas as a means of reaching the masses with the electoral massages at once like in the 2019 Tripertite elections.
Commissioner Duwa therefore called on some pupils alongside their teachers found at Mchacha,Mitondo, Mpama and Wolewole Primary schools in Makhwira South Ward to take the election messages to their homes.
“To day I have met representatives of religious leaders of some churches that are in this ward. The idea is that they should help to wool their followers to take part in the forth coming by election in large numbers. They should also help in sensitizing their followers to ensure peace through out the electoral period.
I also met some school learners alongside their teachers in some schools that are in this ward to lobby them to take this election messages to their homes. At the end of the day we want to ensure that we have reached as many people as possible with the election message”, said Commissioner Duwa.
On his part Reverend Rex Mindozo who is the Chairperson for the eastbank Pastors Fraternal promised to wool his followers to take part in the election.
Head teacher for Mitondo primary school MacLean Nkhambala also said he was willing to disseminate the information on the importance for the citizens taking part in an election.
Makhwira South ward fall vacant following the death of the ward councilor for the area Maneck Ganet who was accidentally shot by a police officer when angry villagers protested over their compensation after they were displaced to pave way for the construction of Thabwa Fatima Livunzu road.