The Centre for Multiparty Democracy, has backed calls for government to fund all political parties in the country.
This comes days after President Lazarus Chakwera – declined to sign into law a bill that called for government’s funding to all political parties – arguing is not in compliance with the law.
According to Section 40, subsection 2 of the constitution, political parties which secure 10 percent of votes in general elections are entitled to government funding.
However, in his reaction to the developments – Kizito Tenthani – Executive Director for Centre for Multiparty Democracy has told MIJ Online that it is important for all political parties to benefit from government funding, regardless of whether or not they secure the 10 percent votes.
Tenthani has said, currently only two political parties, namely Malawi Congress Party and Democratic Progressive Party are benefiting from the law.