The opposition Alliance for Democracy (Aford) has introduced party membership cards in a bid to help it rebuild in preparation for the 2019 elections.
The party introduced the cards last month as one way of sourcing funds for its operations.
Aford Secretary General Christopher Ritchi told The Daily Times on Monday that the secretariat first distributed the cards last month to its five political regions before implementing a similar exercise at district level next year.
Ritchi said the party aims to source K20 million before 2019 elections.
He said that the National Executive Committee (Nec) resolved to source funds that would help to pay for candidates fees to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) during elections.
“Let Malawians know that we are not forcing our members to buy the cards. But we want them to own the party by financing its activities. We are happy for the overwhelming support we are getting from all our regions. It is our hope that we are not hurting Aford members as some parties might think.
“Members will now have power of contributing to decision making in the party. We do not want the party to be used as a personal estate because only one person is funding its activities,” Ritchi said, adding that the cards are selling for K100 for all members to afford.
Social Commentator who is also Livingstonia Synod of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Project Director, Moses Mkandawire, urged for transparency on the funds.
“The people will be more democratic in their parties if such initiatives are spread to other parties. The cards will also help the party to know its real members apart from realising the local funding. It’s high time other parties learnt from Aford which I hope leant from MCP. However, people should never be forced to buy the cards but it should be out of their will,” Mkandawire said.
The party is currently recruiting new and other members who left the party in readiness for the elections.
One of such members is Dan Msowoya who is a former party secretary general and spokesperson before being fired soon after their 2013 convention
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