The Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) has rolled out a nationwide campaign to train district governors from 20 political parties in electoral procedures as outlined in the Electoral Code of Conduct.
Speaking on Wednesday in Blantyre during the first phase of such trainings for governors from Southern Region, CMD executive director Kizito Tenthani said district governors are central in the electoral process; hence, they need to be aware of the code of conduct.
“These are the people at the heart of electoral activities in the country. They are the ones who mobilise the local masses and organise mass rallies for their respective political parties,” he said.
Tenthani added that there are many myths associated with elections in the villages; hence, training district governors would also help in spreading the message to the wider community.
“We want these governors to take the message to their various districts so that every villager is aware of electoral processes. We believe this would help in building an informed voter in the country,” he said.
Tenthani further said they also targeted the district governors because senior officials of various political parties are already acquainted with the Electoral Code of Conduct.
From the South, the trainings will move to the Central and Northern regions next week. The targeted 20 political parties are those that have shown interest in participating in the May 20 elections.