Ahead of a tripartite elections next year the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has shown the world that it is moving with time by setting a deliberate policy to allow women in the country pay 25 per cent less the nomination fees of parliamentary and local government elections.
The female aspirants, Newstime Africa understands, will pay K 150,000.00 only for the parliamentary race while those going for the ward councillorship will cough K 15,000.00 only.
And MEC has gone a step further to ask political parties to follow suit so that the campaign produces corresponding results and get the gap narrowed in the ‘male dominated top positions’ country.
“The Commission wishes to encourage the 50-50 campaign and may I call upon political parties to join this campaign by deliberately bringing on board women who form more than 52 per cent of our population,” requests Malawi’s electoral body Chairman Justice Maxon Mbendera.
Male candidates competing in the parliamentary race will part away with K 50,000 more while those that would want to be councillors will pay K 5,000.00.
The 50-50 campaign is an international drive that most African countries strive to accomplish, and the move by the Malawi Electoral Commission has received compliments from many quarters.
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