In readiness for the 2019 tripartite elections, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has accredited 110 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to conduct civic and voter education service for the elections.
Acting Chief Elections Officer Harris Potani, Mec says as a body mandated to conduct elections in Malawi, it also promotes public awareness of electoral matters through the media and other appropriate and effective means.
“The Commission delegates its mandate to accredited service providers to assist in the delivery of Civic and Voter Education. This is in line with democratic principles and best practices as observed internationally,” the statement reads in part.
However, MEC says accreditation is subject to the organization signing to abide by the code of conduct issued by the Commission.
Among the notable organisations are; Action Hope Malawi, Al-Haqq Islamic Trust, Angaliba Foundation, Association of Progressive Women, Blantyre Synod Health and Development Commission, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace and Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR).
MEC says it will issue accreditation certificates to the organizations on December 5, 2017 during a meeting to be held in Lilongwe.