Malawi Electoral Commission in troika launch

Malawi Electoral CommissionThe Malawi Electoral Commission launches the highly anticipated maiden tripartite elections in Malawi Friday June 14 2013 in Blantyre, Newstime Africa understands.

The electoral body, will on the same day, also launch the long-sought for Civic and Voter Education Strategy along with its 2013 -2017 Strategic Plan.

During the function, participants look forward to sample an outline of all electoral activities and their dates and attendant responsibilities for stakeholders, among other things in the electoral calendar as alluded to by the commission.

“MEC will present Civic and Voter Education Strategy which will be the blueprint and guide for the conduct of civic and voter education for the Tripartite Elections,” said MEC Chief Elections Officer Willie Kalonga in a statement.

Of the five-year Strategic Plan, the Chief Elections Officer has disclosed that it is an ambitious plan by MEC to transform its functions, and presents a road map for making the Malawi Elections Commission  a center of excellence in elections management in the country and beyond the borders.

Registered political parties, government officials, civil society, academia, development partners, media, and members of the diplomatic corps, are expected to be among the several stakeholders invited to the historical function.

Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government elections are expected to be held in Malawi May next year, the first time for the Southern Africa country to hold tripartite elections, but Malawians are eagerly waiting for the big day.

Development of the Strategic Plan and the Civic and Voter Education Strategy, according to the MEC Chief Elections Officer, has been made possible with the support from European Union under the Democratic Governance Programme.

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