INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ACCREDITATION TO CONDUCT CIVIC AND VOTER EDUCATION FOR 2019 TRIPARTITE ELECTIONS

MALAWI ELECTORAL COMMISSION

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ACCREDITATION TO CONDUCT CIVIC AND VOTER EDUCATION FOR 2019 TRIPARTITE ELECTIONS

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is a body created under Section 75 of the Republican Constitution to conduct elections in Malawi.  MEC has the “mandate to exercise such functions in relation to elections as are conferred upon by the Constitution of Malawi” (Section 76 of the Constitution). Among its numerous duties and functions, MEC is legally entitled “to promote public awareness of electoral matters through the media and other appropriate and effective means and to conduct civic and voter education on such matters” Section 8 (1) (j) of the Electoral Commission Act.

MEC is, therefore, calling upon interested Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) i.e Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs) only)) to apply for accreditation to conduct civic and voter education (CVE) in preparation for the 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Applicants should indicate or attach proof that they:-

  1. Are dully registered in accordance with the Malawi laws i.e. registered with the NGO Board, Council for Non-Governmental Orgnanisations (CONGOMA) and Registrar of Companies;
  2. Have previous and relevant experience in the field of civic and voter education in the previous elections;
  3.  Well-structured with adequate offices at Headquarters as well as a strong district presence.
  4.  Are managed or controlled by a Committee, Board or Trust with existing accountability mechanisms
  5.  Have competent and adequate staff to be deployed to implement the planned CVE activities

In addition, the organisations should be prepared to sign an agreement with MEC to abide by the Code of Conduct for accredited CSOs and work with District Civic and Voter Education Coordinating Committees (DC&VECC).

Interested organisations can obtain Application Forms and Code of Conduct for Accredited CSOs from our offices and hand deliver completed forms to the same addresses indicated below:

Malawi Electoral Commission

Chisankho House

Opposite Mwaiwathu Hospital

Private Bag 113

BLANTYRE

Tel:  01822033

 

            From MEC Regional Offices:

 

                Regional Elections Office (Centre)

            Shire Building

            P/Bag A134

            LILONGWE

            Tel:  01 753402

 

            Regional Elections Office (North)

            Osman Ghani Building

            P/Bag 200

            MZUZU

            Tel: 01 310825/01 310865

               

Duly completed original forms should be submitted to MEC not later than 21st April, 2017.  Submissions after the deadline will not be accepted.

Organisations that have experience in or deal with issues of gender, women, the youth and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

For further information, please contact the Civic and Voter Education Directorate on 01 822033.