23 January 2019

Malawi: NGO Sells Female Aspirants' Manifestos to Voters in Dedza

Dedza — pic by Sellah Singini

Pan African Civic Educators Network (PACENET) Friday and Saturday engaged female aspirants in Dedza and gave them a platform to sell themselves through road shows the organisation organised.

The road shows which were conducted in Dedza East, Dedza South and Dedza West constituencies gave an opportunity to the female aspirants, who are competing for positions of Member of Parliament and ward councillors, to sell themselves and their manifestos to woe the electorate in their areas to vote for them in the general elections of 21 May, 2019.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency, Project Officer for PACENET, Olive Mpina, said the road shows were conducted as a way of mobilizing communities and encouraging them to elect women in various political leadership positions in Dedza come 21 May, 2019.

"On Friday, we were in Dedza East in the area of Juliana Lunguzi who is the incumbent MP for the area. We encouraged the electorate to consider electing her again on 21 May despite some weaknesses the electorate might have seen in her.

"On Saturday, we were selling female aspirants in Dedza South and Dedza West who are contesting for the first time," Mpina said.

She added that it is important to support women so that they can be elected in political leadership positions as members of parliament and ward councillors to give them chance to develop the society.

Speaking in a separate interview, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) shadow MP for Dedza South, Anne Kadzanja hailed PACENET for their initiative of exposing female aspirants to the electorate.

She described the initiative a positive development that would help sensitize the electorate, especially those in rural areas, to understand that a woman is just as good as a man, hence the need to vote for them.

"Because of lack of resources, some female aspirants could not have been able to reach the electorate who live in places very far, but these road shows have helped us female aspirants to be exposed and sell ourselves to the electorate, even those that are far away," she added.

In Dedza, 10 women are aspiring for parliamentary seats while 12 are aspiring for the seats of ward councillors.

Currently, PACENET is supporting female aspirants with community mobilisation in six districts of Dedza, Salima, Karonga, Mzimba, Mangochi and Mulanje.

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