By Enock Balakasi
Founder and President of Ambassadors for Christ Ministries, Senior Prophet Justice Hara, who is also the newly appointed Good-will Ambassador for the African Youth Union Commission (AYUC), has urged the youths in Malawi to register so that they vote in the May 2019 tripartite elections.
Malawians will go to the polls next year to usher into office a new President, Members of Parliament and Councillors.
In an interview with Smash, Senior Prophet Hara, the spiritual son of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri who is also popularly known as Major 1, said the youths must decide who should be their leaders because they are in majority.
“I am appealing to you all to register and vote. Malawi is a youthful nation. As young people, we should be the first to vote to exercise our constitutional right”.
Prophet Hara has also asked the youths to refrain from being used by politicians to perpetrate violence.
His call comes in the wake of the recent incidents of violence during Malawi Congress Party primary elections and the burning of two United Transformation Movement vehicles by suspected Democratic Progressive Party cadres.
“let us not be used by politicians to advance their interests. Let us have free and peaceful elections in 2019 and that begins with us the youths,” he advised.
Meanwhile, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says first five phase of the registration exercise have managed to register 4,655,941 voters.
According to MEC Chairperson, Dr. Jane Ansah said the commission has attained 81 per cent of the projected 5,770,982 voters for these five phases.
Of the total registered voters, 2,534,432 are women representing 54 per cent and 2,121,002 are men representing 46 percent.
The sixth phase started on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 and it will run up to October 2, 2018.
This phase will cover the following councils namely Mangochi district, Mangochi Town, Zomba District, Zomba City and Nsanje district.