PAC urges Malawians to push for electoral reforms bills

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The quasi-religious grouping Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has called on Malawians to support it in advocating for the Electoral Reforms Bills to be tabled in the August House.

Chairperson for PAC in Dowa Reverend Father Elias Chizule of Mponela Parish made the call during a District executive council committee meeting held at the boma amid planned the December, 13 nationwide peaceful protests to push for the Electoral Reforms Bills.

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PAC wants Parliament to table and pass the bills

Reverend Father Chizule said PAC is non-political in nature and is advocating for not only the Electoral Reforms Bills but also the Local Government Reforms as well which will see to it that MPs do not have powers to vote in council meetings.

“Malawians should not only look at 50 plus 1 but other factors as well. The issue of 50 plus 1 has received positive commitments from both the people and government as well,” he said.

“There’s a great need for all Malawians of goodwill to support PAC activities in the country as it brings in checks and balances representing the voiceless citizens of Malawi without fear or favour standing for the oppressed people,” Rev Father Chizule said.

The Reverend Father added that peaceful protests will send a signal to those in power to respect the views of all Malawians and at the same time reflecting back to the 2014 elections which brought in mixed political reactions.

He noted that if the Electoral Reforms Bills will not be passed by Parliament, a repeat of the 2014 election results with chaos will be seen in the 2019 elections.

On Local Government Reforms, Reverend Father Chizule said councillors face numerous political interferences from MPs in the council meetings hence the councillors do not participate fully.

“Even when a Minister is speaking at a full council meeting, all including District Commissioners take what the Minister is saying as good for development but in reality it is not,” he said.

Father Chizule made it clear that the laws of Malawi do not bar councillors from seeing those who are providing interferences in their legitimate House.

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  1. Mmalo mopita kukasaka ndalama sindingapite ku ma demo muzapitako nokha apac mix apolice akakhala komweko eeee musandikumbuse za ku mzuzu

  2. Sometimes we pipo we comment as if we don’t think.Do you mean PAC should just keep quiet and fold their hands in their offices as their duties are waiting then we all work on electricity blackouts.Does that give a sense?I know most of us we are happy with the government of APM.Malawi will never change.

  3. I WANT TO UNDERSTAND IN THE FIRST PLACE WHY THE GOVERNMENT IS RUNNING AWAY FROM TABLING THIS BILL?WHY IS IT ALWAYS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO DEMONSTRATE WHEN THEY NEED SOMETHING FROM THIS GOVERNMENT?THIS BILL IS VERY IMPORTANT.THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS FOR SURE THAT IF THIS BILL IS PASSED,IT GIVES ADVANTAGE TO THE OPPOSITION PARTIES BECAUSE DURING GENERAL ELECTIONS,IF NO ONE REACHES 50+1 VOTES,ONLY THE TWO RUNNERS PARTIES WILL HAV TO CONTEST AGAIN,THIS WILL GIVE AN OPPOSTION PARTIES TO WIN AS ALL OPPOSITION PARTIES WILL RALLY BEHIND THE. OPPOSION.

  4. Those leading pac have totally lost direction.all these challenges we hv in dis nation zoona tikakhale busy ndima electro reforms?
    Jesus should come soon.a pac atailira

  5. Many Malawians do not foresee things. Anazolowera Munthu akamwalira amakhala wabwino. Zinthu zikadzavuta, kapena ziwawa, ndipamene adzanene kuti siyabwini, we r poor. But today PAC is a hot cake, though tikupita koipa.

  6. Izi anapanga kale Mugabe zaka zitatuzapita Ku Zimbabwe ndi amalawi tisamale makamaka Ife osusa chipani cholamulira pamodzi ndi mbizi take pita mwayamba ndale zachibwana

  7. kuwina ndi 5o+1 kuwina 2o% koma ngat munthuyo ndicitsiru sangasinthe ay pali zofunika zambiri kumalaw kuno kuposa zazsankhozo coz pali anthu ena paja samavota tele iziz szkugutsa

  8. So why not yet electolar reforms bill not being tabled, so in pariament others do not see the importance of this bill no stop that just except don’t refuse justice

  9. at least I went to school but I do not understand fully what it means by 50+1,,now imagine zaunthu wakumuxi!!!!,,,PAC mist be targeting,, is Malawi really ready for this,, tell us kuti u have enough funds for this,!!otherwise I predict woes just after 2019 elections,,keep my words. , I, #Mr predictor..

  10. In Liberia they passed the same bill into a Law….Different organisations were in support of the bill. Later after elections, the winner of the elections won with a minority. They consulted the law they passed and another election was to be done. Unfortunately the govt there doesnt have enough money to re-run the election and the non govtal organisations ati alibe ndalama zoti angachititsenso ma elections, as i am speaking ku Liberia kulibe president. Kodi ife ndalama tili nazo zozapanga run ma elections zutadzatelo?? Ndilo funso la mafumu

    • One should win with 50 plus 1 votes. That is to say if 1000 people voted 501 votes should be yours less than that the election should be re run. For example if three people were contesting if the one on number 1 got 400 votes and number 2 got 350 votes and the last one gets 250 votes ndekuti palibe a winner..The elections should be done again with number 1 and 2 contesting

    • Izi ndiye zafodya olo mutafotokoza motani phindu lake nchani 50+1. Zongotengera kumaiko ena a Malawi tigwa nazo muzenje. Umphawi wake umenewu kumaononganso ndalama ati kuvota kawili. Kuvutika konse kuvota kawili azizatiberanso . Muzikavota nokha

    • Chilungamo chake mchakuti this reform on elections they are targeting Mr President period, and ndale zoti you are targeting someone mzopusa….Let me take you back a little bit. Bingus first term in 2004 he wont the elections with the minority now how was he in office? He ruled excellently every one loved him even ndi a MCP omwe zitukuko mbwee. Then in 2009 he also run for office. Bingu then won with the majority more than 50 plus 1. Now can someone explain to me how he ruled during the second term. The thing is votes cannot determine how one will rule. All these politicians are just mere cats all of them just in different hides…Some leopards..some tigers. They will suck our resources whether under 50+1 or 50-1

  11. M’malo momati tipange bwanji kuti ma blackouts athe nkumati tizilimbana ndi za ziiii stupid pac mupeze anthu ovomereza zopusa zanuzo ife kuyenda wapansi inu mukukwera magalimoto kuzera kwa ife

    • paathu 100 aliose 39 ndiomwe anvotela ptr ndenkona anthu 61 omwe safuna ptr amangotsutsa chilichose ndenkumati dziko lingatukuke?

  12. I Want to know if PAC have power / right to government a bill to be tabled in parliament ? what are the procedures becouse even me i have many agendas for MP to discuss .

  13. Anthu andalenso amachokera mu nzipembedzo momemo ndiye utsogoleri umayambira ku mipingo ndiye mukanyoza amipingo utsogoleri wabwino udzakulakani.

  14. kupusa kopepera nako..donors are saying they want to cut budget ya elections,here is a grouping of fools wanting double elections?? Goats!!

  15. The panic being shown by the DPP and its supporters including the bootlickers in the name Chiefs only confirms that the APM Government is not as popular as they would want to make us believe. 50+1 is the forward …palibenso kubwelela mmbuyo. I hear the Catholic Secretariat has endorsed the PAC move? If true bwanji pamenepo?

  16. Amphawi ife amalawi mmalo mosaka ndalama tizikavutika kukamba nkhani zoti kwa ife phindu kulibe ndi umbuli, a PAC nawoso saganiza mozama akamasapota zinthu aziganiza ndi pa mawa

    • Shead more light on them, they don’t knw wat this will bring tomorrow. These idiot they are under babellon kingdom.

  17. We are behind you. This is a good move. Governments should not be Stubborn but abide by the rules and laws of the country. God bless you PAC.

  18. stupid pac who do they think they are huh? akamat amaimila anthu which people has pac consaulted?? thats nonsese ndimmene umphawi ulili kuno ndalama.zopangira zisankho kawili zizichokera kut osamauputa dala umphawi! anthu andale obisala muzikopa zampingo mxiw!

  19. I wonder why DPP is already claiming 2019 victory. If its a fair game why are they refusing. Pati biii pali minga. Also PAC don’t know that DPP don’t want to listen to citizens even if they see its wrong the shift blame to opposition. Let’s have a fair game 2019 ena alila

    • Sukudziwa kuti MCP ilibe ma mp ambiri? MCP ikuganiza kuti 2019 ipedza ma vote Ku south? Go and dream again as long as you don’t vote Peter in central forget to get votes in South.keep your MCP in central we will keep our DPP in South tione azilamula boma ndi ndani omwe achuluka

    • Kkkkk kkkkk why DPP is wiggling. Instead of the ruling party to shine with service delivery they are busy attacking opposition party. They are already in power why are they worried if they are going to win elections. Let’s wait and see. The worst part is members of ruling party are running away joining opposition party. Instead of opposition joining ruling party. The only person supporting this madness are those who are being bought by cash of food.

  20. Sensitize and civic educate the nation on the bill before urging them to push for the same. The majority of Malawians do not know the contents,and even the meaning of these bills. As for me,I don’t agree with the proposal that certain constituencies should only be contested by women. That’s not gender equality. Equality is giving equal chances to people regardless of their sex. It’s up to them to prove they can do it or not. What this bill proposes is segregation to men.

    • that’s true! Why being pushed on things people not aware of of? People need to know first! Its better to tackle blackout issue than the electoral bill because we have seen the impact behind blackout! PAC we need transparency on your issues

    • you mean all bills Malawians know them? pano even wakumudzi wayidziwa ndipo kunena kwawo akumati boma likukana bill cholinga choti akatibereso zisakho

    • A Gama,munapanga research? Wakumudxi olo fraction ya 50% sangakuwuzeni kuti ndi chani. Don’t take things for granted,or out of emotions and frustrations. I tell you,if PAC would hold demos today, very few people would be willing to participate because they wouldn’t know the main aim of the demos. Be sober minded.

    • Hahahaha you see this bill is straight forward, no complications at all. But DPP so called followers know that they will not win again with 36% national vote!

    • What may look straight forward to you is not straighfoward to everyone. You see, balancing a chemical equation is a straightforwad thing to chemists; but it wouldn’t be straightforwad to you. That’s why am saying you must look at issues from a neutral, and not political angle.

    • vuto ndilokuti soberminded individuals are so rare, i wish people ware sane enough to see things your way Douglas Banda….

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