Failing to register is failing the nation, Human Rights Defenders

Written by  Patricia Mtungila-MEC Stringer

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has called on Malawians to register in large numbers saying Malawians cannot afford to fail the nation.

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September

HRDC National Chairperson Timothy Mtambo was speaking at a press conference in Mzuzu on Tuesday where he called on Malawians to go and register in their large numbers in the ongoing voter registration exercise. 

 

“Malawians should go and register in their large numbers. In a democracy the people delegate their powers to govern through voting. If they do not register they cannot vote,” said Mtambo.


And leader of civil society organisation, Christian Justice International Malawi based in Mzuzu, Prophet Amos Chuma has also called on Malawians countrywide not to lose their power to vote by failing to register in the voter registration exercise.

 

“It is very important for Malawians to vote so that they can be able to vote come 2019. Whether they have somebody in mind that they want to vote for or they want to remove somebody, their power is attached to the voter registration,” said Chuma.

 

The country’s electoral body has already appealed to all political leaders to be tolerant with opposing views. In a recent statement, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson, Justice Dr Jane Ansah SC, appealed to all electoral stakeholders to avoid perpetrating violence during the electoral period.


MEC says that the intolerance to opposing views can breed violence which can deter people from going for voter registration.


Meanwhile phase five of voter registration is currently underway in Balaka, Neno, Thyolo, Luchenza Municipal, Phalombe and Mulanje.

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