MEC calls for full enforcement of Political Parties Bill

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By Florence Mwale

The recent by-elections that were held at Matenje Ward in Kasungu district have ignited calls for the full enforcement of the Political Parties Bill.

The act which became operational in December last year has a provision that gives the Registrar of Political Parties the power to deregister a party.

Apart from de-registration of idle political parties, the bill also prohibits giving handouts to woo voters and calls for politicians to disclose their source of funding.

In a statement, the Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC Chairperson Jane Ansah discloses that the bill is not being fully enforced.

This is evidence by a lack of participation of a majority of political parties in the by-elections.

With over 50 registered political parties, only three contested in the by-elections.

Ansah questions the relevance of idle parties which have not participated in the poll.

She adds that political parties exist to contest in elections, get into positions and influence policies but many of them have failed to fulfil this requirement.

The by-elections which were initially scheduled to be held in Lilongwe and Kasungu, only took place in Kasungu.

MEC postponed the polls in Lilongwe South due to violence and intimidation in that area.




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