The 50 – 50 Campaign Management Agency has appealed for a vote without violence in Mulanje and Mangochi districts ahead of the April 17, 2018 by elections.
The Agency which is a consortium of the Center for Civil Society Strengthening (CCSS) and Action Aid Malawi (AAM) says it is particularly concerned with reports of violent incidences in Mulanje and Mangochi with particular focus on Milonde Ward.
According to the 50 – 50 Campaign Management Agency, the violent incidences in Mulanje would negatively affect efforts to increase number of women in leadership positions.
There are nine candidates (eight men and one woman) contesting in the two by-elections in Mulanje (Milonde Ward) and Mangochi (Malindi Ward) with only one female candidate contesting in Milonde.
According to a statement, research in the past has shown that violence is among reasons that scare away potential female candidates to contest in elections or campaign effectively when they join.
“Violence also puts off female voters and the youth thereby disadvantaging other candidates even if it is not automatic that they would have voted for a female candidate. With this in mind, we urge key electoral stakeholders to ensure a vote without violence in Mulanje and Mangochi with particular focus on Milonde Ward in the few remaining days,” reads the statement in part.
50 – 50 Campaign Management Agency further urges the District Commissioner who is the Returning Officer, Police, Chiefs, Multiparty Liaison Committees, District Peace Committees, political parties and the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to ensure that peace prevails.
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