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Police, Nice go into elections partnership

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By Watipaso Mzungu, Contributor:

FOR BETTER OR WORSE—Naphiyo (left) and Bottomani exchange MoU
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National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Public Trust and Central Region Police Headquarters have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), committing themselves to ensure a peaceful electoral process.

The MoU signing ceremony took place at Central Region Police Training Centre in Lilongwe on Friday.

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Nice Regional Civic Education Officer for the Central Region, Christopher Naphiyo, said the pact entails that security and safety would be guaranteed for people and property as Malawians head for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

“The parties will, therefore, work together at all levels to ensure that the rule of law is observed and to ensure that electoral stakeholders are sensitised on their role in promoting peace and coexistence through the electoral process,” Naphiyo said.

He added that the MoU binds the two parties to work together towards ensuring that electoral law-breakers are brought to book without favour.

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Central Region Commissioner of Police, Innocent Bottomani, welcomed the working relationship with Nice, saying it would reignite the law enforcers’ resolve to tackle lawlessness among Malawians ahead of and after the elections.

Naphiyo and Bottomani took advantage of the ceremony to appeal to Malawians, particularly politicians, to maintain peace to avoid fuelling violence.

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