By: Brino Kayanga Mwale.
The Bwalo La Achewa Foundation ( BOLA _ CEFO), has urged all of its members to patronise polling centres across the country on May, 21 to vote for candidates of their choice in the tripartite elections.
The grouping has since described this year’s elections as the special one coming up in every 5 years saying failure to vote will give chance to the unexpected to be elected as representatives of the people.
It said the elections are so crucial that the future of this country will be decided upon the electorate casting votes for the rightful candidates chosen by God, the Almighty.
Speaking during a women and youths conferences organised to take part in decision making positions and policies for the grouping held at Dowa boma, Friday and Saturday, it’s Executive Director, Reverend Flywell Somanje, asked the participants to encourage their fellows to vote saying voting is their birth right.
Rev. Somanje said informed decisions of not taking part in the voting processes will put the country to no where, hence an appeal for its members to go and vote on May, 21.
He asked those who will vote for candidates to accept the results honourably so that peace and tranquillity continues prevailing in the country.
The Reverend reminded all the competing candidates that in an election, one has to come out victorious urging the losers to support the winner for political progress.
Rev. Somanje said Bwalo La Achewa hasn’t endorsed any candidate to be voted for because it is non partisan saying parties can go and die a natural deaths while Bwalo La Achewa will be there implementing its activities.
He assured the women and youths participants that the grouping will remain non partisan in its activities while its members are free to join any political party of their choice as enshrined in the Republican constitution, freedom of association.
Malawans go to the polls on May, 21 to elect the President, Members of Parliament and councillors with four presidential candidates: professor Arthur Peter Mutharika ( DPP), Atupele Muluzi ( UDF), Dr. Lazarus Chakwera ( MCP) and Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima ( UTM) each claiming for a victory.
A total of 6.8 million people is reported to have registered for the polls but not all will vote with the announcement by the Electoral body, MEC that only those who registered at a particular centre will be allowed to vote.