National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam) has announced that it will be holding the regional elections next month.
This follows a meeting which Ntam President Eric Mabedi had with the body’s chairperson and his vice last month.
Mabedi said in a communication to members that the regional elections will be held on August 15 in the Northern Region, August 16 in the Central Region and August 17 in the Southern Region.
However, some of the conditions which have been set ahead of the elections have angered some members, who have since indicated that they will challenge the decisions made.
One conditions states that only paid up members dating back to 2019 will be allowed to contest the reason being that the elections were expected to take place last year in October.
The other condition is that voters are those members that paid membership for the year 2019 and that the reason was the same.
“We will use 2019 membership data which means members that have paid 2020 membership are not allowed to vote,” Mabedi said.
But renowned drama lecturer Misheck Mzumara queried the process saying there was need to open up and have those who registered their membership this year to vote as well.
“This is not on, this mindset needs to change otherwise we are ready to fight this. The conditions set only favour a few, who directly benefit from those in power but Ntam is for all artists, who are paid up members and not a few,” Mzumara said.
Mabedi said later that the communication was to make people get prepared for elections.
“I know members have different opinions but they can meet and discuss and come up with the process on how they want elections to run,” the Ntam leader said.
Mabedi further said that after the regional elections, the board will release a date for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) where national elections would be held.
The term for the current National Executive Committee (Nec) ended last year and elections were supposed to be held last year but failed due to lack of funds.
As we went to press yesterday there were indications that members would be meeting to discuss the issue of regional elections.