Pato Phoya represents Malawi at African governance forum

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McDonald Pato Phoya, who is also Director of Research in Blue League- a youth arm of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)- is this Sunday expected to leave for Alusha, Tanzania where he will participate in the East and Southern Africa Regional Youth Consultations organized by the African Governance Architecture (AGA).

Phoya: Its a forum that prepares and enhances our participation in future elections Phoya: Its a forum that prepares and enhances our participation in future elections
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Breaking the news, Blue League Deputy National Chairperson Dumisani Lindani said Phoya’s selection for the consultations was through a competitive process which included a submission of a comprehensive essay.


“I am told MCP and UDF also applied and not sure whether they succeeded or not because it was a competitive process where each potential candidate had to submit an essay and a lot other credentials. Requirements were a, belonging to a political organisation, University Degree, age under 35 and participation in an electoral process within the past 5 years,” said Lindani.


In an interview on Friday, Phoya said his participation will give Malawian youth a blue print on how they are expected to participate in electoral processes.


 “I am very excited to be part of the Consultative process not because I will be there but because the youth in Malawi will have their voice regardless of their affiliation. This is a platform that we all have been looking for and it indeed comes at a right time.


“For the youth, it will give us a blue print on how we are expected to participate in Electoral process. It will unlock our fears and help us move together with our colleagues across the region. A forum that prepares and enhances our participation in future elections,” said Phoya.


The consultations will be held under the theme; "Enhancing Young People's Meaningful participation in Electoral Process in Africa” and will take place at the East African Community Head Quarters from August 28-30, 2017.

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