The Media and Public Relations Department (MPR) is the official source of the Commission’s news and information. The Department is committed to strengthening the Commission’s image and increasing brand awareness among local and international electoral stakeholders.
The overall goal of the Media and Public Relations Department is to ensure improved public image and awareness of the Malawi Electoral Commission activities and events. It has the following objectives.
The Department manages and facilitates external relationships with the different communities including the media, the government and the general public. It also handles and manages internal communications.
It also manages information outlets including the website and social media platforms like Facebook, blog, Twitter, Instagramme, Scribd among others.
During the elections period, the Department also coordinates accreditation process of local and international observers.
In its day-to day operations, the Department is guide by the Communications Strategy (2015 to 2019) which was developed with support from the EU Democratic Governance Programme.
The Department has three staffs: the director and two press officers. However, during elections other temporary are engaged to help in accreditation process. The Department also supervises stringers (journalists) who are employed and deployed to the councils to helpin reporting about elections.