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Ethics, Peace and Justice Commission (EPJC), an advocacy arm of Evangelical Association of Malawi, has urged the government to expedite the process of tabling four electoral reform bills which the National Taskforce on Electoral Law Reforms performed to Parliament.

EPJC Chairperson Reverend Zacc Kawalala said they would like to see the bills tabled in Parliament in 2022.

The association faulted government officials and ruling party and opposition politicians for lacking interest in electoral reforms.

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The reforms in question are contained in the 2007 Special Law Commission Report on Constitutional Review and 2017 Special Law Commission Report on Electoral Laws.

“There is a need to create a critical mass that will push for the implementation of recommendations of both the constitutional review and electoral law reforms in the public interest,” Kawalala said.

On December 15 this year, the Association held a multi-stakeholder colloquium on constitutional review and electoral law reforms in Lilongwe.

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The conference brought together stakeholders in constitutional review and electoral law reform processes, notably civil society leaders, members of Parliament, political party representatives, traditional and religious leaders.

Officials from the Law Commission, Centre for Multiparty Democracy and the Ministry of Justice also made presentations at the gathering, shedding light on such issues as background, content and processes and current status of the reform process.

Ministry of Justice spokesperson Pirirani Masanjala said he needed time to consult on the issue before commenting.

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