The Malawi electoral Commission-MEC says the media remain vital in all aspects of electoral process in the country.
MEC chairperson Dr. Jane Ansah was speaking on Thursday during the opening of media code of conduct review meeting in the capital Lilongwe.
Dr. Ansah said for the past years, the Commission has come to appreciate the media as a critical stakeholder in building an informed electorate and also mobilizing people for high voter turnout.
The MEC chairperson emphasized that the media have a duty to inform and educate the electorate during the electoral processes, and that when such tasks are carried out efficiently, they contribute to low null and void votes.
She then asked media practitioners to use investigative skills, to help in checking the existence of any fraud or malpractice not in conformance with the law.
Dr. Ansah said by exposing such ills, the media also greatly contributes towards a free, fair, credible, transparent and inclusive election.
The meeting has been held under the theme; Responsible Media a Catalyst for Credible Election”.
Commenting on the theme, the MEC chairperson said the theme is building on the experiences that have occurred in other countries where the media had aborted its responsibility and started perpetrating violence, hatred, tribalism, ethnicity, extremism, among other social ills.
She gave examples of the violence in Kenya in 2002 and the 1994 Rwandan genocide, saying they immediately come as classical examples where the media had contributed to national disturbance.