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PRESS STATEMENT: Presidential Debates 2014

Pres. Debate Press Statement

Presidential Debates 2014

For Immediate release, 17 April, 2014

The multi-stakeholder Taskforce on Malawi Presidential Debates, chaired by the National Media Institute of Southern Africa (NAMISA), will hold a Presidential Debate for all 12 aspiring presidential candidates on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The debate will take place at the Bingu International Conference Centre, (BICC), from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and broadcast live on radio, television and internet.

Second and third presidential debates are also scheduled for April 29 and May 6 in Lilongwe and Blantyre respectively, and will include those political parties fielding parliamentary candidates in 10 percent of constituencies across the country. Continue reading

PUBLIC NOTICE: Phase Two of Voters’ Roll Inspection

THE Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is informing all registered
voters, political parties, civil society organisations and the general
public that the second phase of voter verification will start on Easter
Monday, 21 April, 2014 and end on Friday, 25 April, 2014.

This second phase will cover Mulanje, Machinga, Mangochi, Balaka,
Salima NKhotakota, and all districts in the Northern Region. Centres
will be opening from 8AM to 4PM including lunch hour.

For more details CLICK HERE.

THE Road So Far in Pictures With the MEIC

MEIC_2014 would like to thank the following for all their input in this project: OSISA, HIVOS, Afrimap, Glen Mpani, Sando Johnson, Gertrude Pourrier, Dumase Zgambo-Mapemba, Geof Chirwa, Levi Kabwato, Ruth Masangano, Rosenana Roka, and Christine Malata.

1st Training of Trainers hailed as a success

Roll play: trainers demonstrate election day, vote counting, monitoring and observation.

Role play: trainers demonstrate election day vote counting, monitoring and observation.

THE Malawi Election Information Centre (MEIC) has kick-started a series of Training of Trainers (ToTs) with a session in Blantyre, the country’s commercial capital. At least 56 ToTs are expected to be trained across Malawi’s three regions: Southern, Central and Northern.

The primary objective of the training is to equip selected individuals with multiple skills that enable trainees to further train and impart the same skills to independent election observers.

Officially opening the one-day training at Hotel Victoria on Wednesday, 9 April, SMAG Media Director, Sando Johnson, said the work carried out by observers was of fundamental importance to the successful running of the Election Situation Room (ESR) in Malawi. Continue reading

It’s a wrap! MEIC completes media briefings

THE Malawi Election Information Centre (MEIC) team completed its series of media briefings in Mzuzu on March 31. This was the third time MEIC was interacting with Malawian journalists following Blantyre and Lilongwe briefings earlier in the month.

MEIC Project Manager: Media & Publicity, Levi Kabwato, being interviewed by the journalists in Mzuzu.

MEIC Project Manager: Media & Publicity, Levi Kabwato, being interviewed by the journalists in Mzuzu.

MEIC has been sensitising journalists about its project, showing what systems have been put in place in order to enhance the electoral process in Malawi under the banner of the Election Situation Room (ESR). Continue reading

Election Situation Room Launches in Malawi

THE Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) has launched the Malawi Election Information Center (MEIC), a multi-stakeholder initiative that establishes an Election Situation Room (ESR) in the country.

MEC Chief Elections Officer, Willie Kalonga, launching the Election Situation Room. - MEIC

MEC Chief Elections Officer, Willie Kalonga, launching the Election Situation Room. – MEIC

The ESR is being run in Malawi for the very first time and is targeting the tripartite elections scheduled for 20 May. Countries that have previously run an ESR include Nigeria, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, among others.

The primary aim of MEIC is to use multi-stakeholder collaboration as a way of enhancing the holding of free, fair and credible elections in Malawi. This means that the ESR will provide a platform where Civil Society Organisations come together to positively contribute on elections observations, monitoring rapid response and proactive advocacy. Continue reading

[Updated] VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Voluntary Data Officer

MEIClogoSmallOpportunity base: Blantyre, Malawi

Opportunity closing date: 12 March, 2014

Opportunity type: Short-term Voluntary

Elections have been long considered to be a critical process in the life of any democratic State. The regular holding of free, fair and credible elections is, therefore, seen and understood as strong adherence to the tenets of democracy – majority rule, freedom and progress.

The advent of new communication technologies has revolutionised the approach to electoral process, with various possibilities for enhanced transparency and accountability arising. That is why we have set up the Malawi Election Information Centre (MEIC), with the aim of running an Election Situation Room during Malawi’s tripartite elections in May 2014.

About the Role

As a Data Officer, you will be responsible for data entry, data analysis and monitoring the real time performance of short-term observers deployed across the country. In this role, you will also produce customised reports for regular presentation to specific MEIC stakeholders. You will work closely with the Media and ICT teams and report to the Project Manager: ICT. Continue reading