CDC and MEC provide awareness through Cinema

Lilongwe: In order to mobilize more people to participate in next year’s tripartite elections, Centre for Development Communications (CDC) and the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) are conducting awareness programs on voter registration processes.

On August 2, 2018, they organized a Community Cinema and Dialogues (CCD) which was shown in different constituencies in Lilongwe with the aim of providing awareness to communities about voter registration.

Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana), facilitator for CDC, Gabriel Tengani said MEC wishes to ensure that the next year’s tripartite elections are free, fair, transparent and credible.

Tengani said MEC and CDC decided to provide civic education to the communities on voter registration through role play and cinema approach so that people understand fully the registration process.

“As for CDC we thought that cinema is the best way to approach people as it gives clear information and it demonstrates by showing pictures to people and people grab the information easily, which is why we decided to work with MEC to encourage members of the community to take part in the voter registration,” said Tengani.

He added that MEC and CDC through the cinema do encourage people to go to their nearest centres and register so that they should take part in the 2019 tripartite elections to vote for a leader of their choice.

Constituency Civic and Voter Registration Assistant for Lilongwe Nsinja North, Bodes Mbendera thanked CDC and MEC for the cinema saying for fair and free elections to be achieved, there was a need for communities to be motivated and encouraged to take part in the electoral process.

“Lonjezo Pananji, member of Dickson Trading Centre, changed his mind and went to register as soon as he finished watching the cinema and he came back and showed us the receipt which MEC officials had given him as an indication that he had registered. This shows that the cinema has great impact on people to register,” said Mbendera.

Group Village Headman (GVH) Bautala also thanked MEC and CDC for their commitment towards enticing people to go and register through cinema.

“As of now voter registration is in progress but there was no clear information about it, but with this Cinema program people have learnt a lot, some people were taking the old voting card to the centres and they were sent back but with this Cinema people are now aware of the things required for a person to register and take part in the coming elections,” said GVH Bautala.

Davis Mtengezo, chairman of Kapininga trading centre appealed to CDC and MEC to go to other places and deliver the same message so that others should also benefit from the Cinema program.

A lot of people gathered to watch the Cinema in various trading centres in Lilongwe such as Dickson, Kapininga, Malingunde, Chankhuntha, Chiunjiza and Kachumbe trading centre.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

CDC and MEC provide awareness through Cinema

Lilongwe: In order to mobilize more people to participate in next year’s tripartite elections, Centre for Development Communications (CDC) and the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) are conducting awareness programs on voter registration processes.

On August 2, 2018, they organized a Community Cinema and Dialogues (CCD) which was shown in different constituencies in Lilongwe with the aim of providing awareness to communities about voter registration.

Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana), facilitator for CDC, Gabriel Tengani said MEC wishes to ensure that the next year’s tripartite elections are free, fair, transparent and credible.

Tengani said MEC and CDC decided to provide civic education to the communities on voter registration through role play and cinema approach so that people understand fully the registration process.

“As for CDC we thought that cinema is the best way to approach people as it gives clear information and it demonstrates by showing pictures to people and people grab the information easily, which is why we decided to work with MEC to encourage members of the community to take part in the voter registration,” said Tengani.

He added that MEC and CDC through the cinema do encourage people to go to their nearest centres and register so that they should take part in the 2019 tripartite elections to vote for a leader of their choice.

Constituency Civic and Voter Registration Assistant for Lilongwe Nsinja North, Bodes Mbendera thanked CDC and MEC for the cinema saying for fair and free elections to be achieved, there was a need for communities to be motivated and encouraged to take part in the electoral process.

“Lonjezo Pananji, member of Dickson Trading Centre, changed his mind and went to register as soon as he finished watching the cinema and he came back and showed us the receipt which MEC officials had given him as an indication that he had registered. This shows that the cinema has great impact on people to register,” said Mbendera.

Group Village Headman (GVH) Bautala also thanked MEC and CDC for their commitment towards enticing people to go and register through cinema.

“As of now voter registration is in progress but there was no clear information about it, but with this Cinema program people have learnt a lot, some people were taking the old voting card to the centres and they were sent back but with this Cinema people are now aware of the things required for a person to register and take part in the coming elections,” said GVH Bautala.

Davis Mtengezo, chairman of Kapininga trading centre appealed to CDC and MEC to go to other places and deliver the same message so that others should also benefit from the Cinema program.

A lot of people gathered to watch the Cinema in various trading centres in Lilongwe such as Dickson, Kapininga, Malingunde, Chankhuntha, Chiunjiza and Kachumbe trading centre.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA