Radio stations told to encourage community members to vote


United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has asked community radio stations to encourage community members to exercise their power by voting in the May 21 tripartite elections.

UNDP Chief Technical Advisor Richard Cox said this during a two day media training on elections reporting in Lilongwe.

Speaking with members of the media, Cox said that media houses more especially community radio stations have a big  role to play when it comes to reporting national elections  in order to encourage people to go and vote.

Cox: radios should encourage people to vote

In her remarks, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioner Jean Mathanga commended the media practitioners for attending the training saying they have shown their commitment and responsibility towards the elections.

Mathanga said the media has been a major source of information during the election period by informing and educating the public at large.

She therefore encouraged the practitioners to conduct their work in accordance to media ethics.

“The media has a big responsibility during this period of elections. Apply ethics and standards whenever using social media platform to avoid misleading the general public,” she explained.

Journalists working for community radio stations across the country are participating in the two day training which started on Monday and will end Tuesday.