NICE urges political parties to adhere to electoral laws

Written by  Elias Mkandawire, Likoma MBC Stringer

National Initiative for Civic Education Trust (NICE) has urged all political parties in Likoma and Chizumulu Islands to abide to electoral laws and code of conduct as prescribed by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

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NICE, in conjunction with District Civic and Voters Committee (DCVC) mobilised a meeting on Saturday at Mbamba youth hall, where among others they emphasized on the need to campaign according to the law.


Patrick Jonathan Chikoti, Likoma and Chizumulu NICE officer said the meeting, which was under the theme: We are one despite being in support of different political parties was organised in preparation of the forthcoming May 21, 2019 tripartite elections.


Chikoti added that people must follow the laws and regulations that are put in place during this period of campaign and that politicians should take part in making sure that supporters do not engage in violence.


The Nice officer pointed out that the law will apply as the police will arrest those who insult and remove posters belonging to any party.


Commenting on the matter, Reverend Robert Likangala also strongly condemned any form of political violence as the campaign mood swfts into full gear.


Likangala, who is also the chairperson for Pastors Union for Likoma district emphasised that politicians and their supporters should just aim at selling their manifestations not attacking their opponents.


Likangala further explained that campaign should not be used as a tool of violating laws but as a way of telling people what they intend to bring for the people in the community.

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