Mchinji clergy call for peaceful electoral process

Mchinji: Religious leaders in Mchinji district have called for a peaceful political campaign in the run up to the 2019 tripartite elections.

Chairperson for Mchinji Pastors Fraternal Bishop Hastings Simbeye made the call Friday during a sensitization meeting organized by the National initiative for Civic education (NICE) on voter registration exercise.

Simbeye said it was worrying that in the run up to elections, some politicians resort to disrupting their opponent’s campaign meetings, which he said leads to violence.

We have to work together in avoiding violence. We should guard our language and behavior during the campaign period to avoid inciting violence, Simbeye said.

He, therefore, called on the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and NICE to sensitize political leaders on the need for a free and fair elections to ensure a peaceful electoral process.

District Civic Education Officer for Nice in Mchinji Paul Kanyenda said religious leaders are important in democracy and governance of any nation.

Religious leaders have a duty to play in encouraging citizens to participate in a democratic process by ensuring that people elect leaders of their choice, He said

MEC District elections clerk for Mchinji Blackson Banda announced that the district has 150 centres designated for the voter registration exercise which will run from 13th to 26th July this year.

A total of 24 religious leaders from the Christian and Muslim community in the district attended the meeting.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA