The Malawi Civil Society Grand Coalition has warned that the electoral commission’s failure to address concerns expressed by political parties about the preparations leading up to the May 20 general election, saying they could undermine the entire tripartite vote. The grand coalition, which comprises faith-based groups, civil society organizations, NGOs and Trade Union organizations, also expressed worry that the continued use of state resources by President Joyce Banda’s ruling People’s Party during the campaign period could potentially lead to disputes during the election process.
Voice Mhone, leader of the Civil Society Grand Coalition, says the electoral commission has yet to resolve problems associated with the voter list despite repeated promises to do so.
Malawi’s electoral commission has been compiling a voter list to be used for the presidential, legislative and local elections.
But, opposition parties have complained about what they say are anomalies between figures from the country’s statistical service and that of the electoral commission in the voters’ list compilation. Mhone says the electoral body has yet to rectify the discrepancy despite promises to do so.
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