1 April 2014

Malawi: 'Nice Political Debates Making Campaign Exercise Easier'

Nsanje — Nsanje aspiring candidates for May 20 tripartite elections has commended debates National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) is initiating by describing it as a right platform for their political campaign.

Nsanje Central and South West Constituencies candidates spoke to Malawi News Agency (Mana) on the sidelines of the debates organized by NICE that the initiative have eased their campaign as they have managed to reach out to more people at once in their respective areas.

Nsanje Central constituency Malawi Congress Party (MCP) shadow parliamentarian, Yusuf Chikoti Mpeusa said NICE has done a good initiative as they have been given a chance to convey their manifestos to the electorates who have been coming in large numbers.

"It has been a mile stone as far as our democracy is concerned. It has given us the opportunity to explain fully what we have prepared for them once voted into power on May 20.

"Some of us with the limited resources available could not have reached all the electorates in our constituencies. We are very grateful to NICE for the initiative since we have managed to reach our voters," he said.

Jacob Fote, Nsanje South West People's Progressive Movement (PPM) candidate separately echoed the sentiments made by fellow aspirants, saying democracy has now a good direction as people are given a chance to ask questions their candidates and seek clarification on issues they do not understand.

"It is the right moments for the candidates as well as the electorates. Debates have given us the chance to interact with the electorates and make them understand things we are promising.

"This will help them make us accountable for what we are promising them," said Fote.

Nsanje NICE District Civic Education Officer (DCEO) Kondwani Malunga said it is the wish of the trust to see that the May 20 tripartite elections are more successful hence initiating the debates.

"For the outcome of elections to be meaningful, voters are supposed to have the necessary information about their candidates and what they intend to fulfill once voted into power.

"Malawians or voters have been cheated all along and this time around, people should hold them accountable once they are voted into power. This will improve service delivery," explained Malunga.

Nsanje NICE has managed conducting debates in all the constituencies in the district, the latest being Nsanje Central and South West.

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