MEC meets APM, JB

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The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Tuesday met President Arthur Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe as well as immediate former president Joyce Banda at her Area 43 residence as part of consultation process with political party leaders as the country runs toward 2019 elections.

DPP President Peter Mutharika: Met MEC on Tuesday DPP President Peter Mutharika: Met MEC on Tuesday

Chief Elections Officer Sam Alfandika told reporters in Dowa on Wednesday during the National Faith Leaders Conference on Governance Consolidation and Women in Politics organised by Act Alliance.

According to Alfandika, the commission is expected to also meet leader of opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera before meeting Vice-President Saulosi Chilima, who also leads UTM.

He also said the commission will also meet leaders of all political parties in the country in a quest to lobby for abolition of hate speech as a way of trying to achieve fair, transparent and peaceful elections.

“We are engaging all political party leaders, we want them to promote unity in the country by encouraging political tolerance,” Alfandika said.

Alfandika further asked the faith community to create a conducive environment for peace by avoiding being partisan.

 “We are asking you religious leaders to avoid being partisan and try as much as possible to be neutral. That is the only way we can realise peaceful elections,” he said.

In his key note speech, General Secretary for Malawi Council of Churches Bishop Gilford Matonga stressed the need for the free and fair elections.

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