Mec against biased reporting


The Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) has urged the media in Malawi to avoid biased reporting ahead of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

In its communication strategy expected to run from 2018 to 2022, which stakeholders discussed in Lilongwe on Thursday, Mec has highlighted the need for the media to avoid bias.

“It has become a tradition that public media favour the party in government and its candidates. Although the Mec issues guidelines to level the playing field, it does not have adequate enforcement mechanisms to sanction non-compliance,” reads part of the strategy.


The communication strategy has, apart from addressing the issue of electoral environment, pillars such as electoral operations, cross-cutting issues and implementation, research, monitoring and evaluation.

In an interview after the opening ceremony of the validation workshop, Mec Commissioner Moffat Banda urged the private media not to sensationalise issues.

He said doing so prompts some politicians to respond to issues emotionally.


“Our intention is that every broadcaster should abide by the rules. When media houses favour one party or candidate, they put us in a corner. It is not only the public broadcaster [that, sometimes, does that], some [private] media houses also sensationalise issues, which prompts others to respond using the public broadcaster,” he said.

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