The National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has donated 10 radio sets to Maula Prison in Lilongwe to allow inmates access information about the May 20 polls.
Making the donation on Wednesday, Lilongwe Urban district civic education officer Hajira Alli said Nice wants every eligible voter to have access to information about the elections and political parties’ manifesto to make good choices of candidates to vote for.
Alli said: “As the polling day is getting closer, we want every eligible voter to make informed decision on who they will vote for. This is possible if the voters have access to manifestos of contesting candidates. Prisoners are not able to attend political rallies to hear manifestos of candidates. Therefore, these radios will enable them to follow electoral events.”
Alli said the radio sets will also enable the inmates to follow the ongoing debates, which Nice Trust is conducting.
Maula Prison assistant superintendent Peterkins Nsini said the radio sets have come at a right time as prisoners are eager to vote, but lack information about the competing candidates.
“There is nothing the prisoners know about the elections, but these radio sets will make them aware of what is going on out there,” said Nsini.