Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Grace Chuimia has engaged another gear in sensitising masses to turn up for the voter registration exercise underway in four districts in the Northern Region.
On Friday, she led her entourage in a whistle-stop tour of major markets in Mzuzu and Nkhata Bay where she encouraged Malawians to register in readiness for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.
In an interview, she expressed concern that some potential voters are not willing to register.
“In some of the places we have visited, people are reluctant to register. It is sad. Let me urge Malawians to come out and register. It is for the good of the nation. The implication is that if they do not vote it means they are automatically electing a leader they do not want,” she said.
Chiumia said her ministry noticed that several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are not doing the civic education job they were accredited for.
She said the ministry has teams that will continue to reach out to people to encourage them to register.
Voter registration is currently underway in the last phase in Mzuzu, Mzimba Nkhata Bay and Likoma.
According to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), they have registered 6 264 183 voters against a projection of 7 745 095.