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Zodiak Appointed official broadcasting radio for May 20th Elections

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Lilongwe,Malawi: The Malawi Electoral Commission has appointed Zodiak Broadcasting Station ZBS as the official broadcasting radio and Malawi Broadcasting Station (TV) as the official broadcaster television.

MEC Chairperson Maxon Mbendera said the appointment of the official broadcasters does not stop any other radio station from broadcasting elections results but that the two stations have been appointed to be the official “mouth pieces” of the Commission.

“The two will be used intensely by the Commission to communicate messages about elections. If other radio stations broadcast something different from what these two radio stations broadcast, then the public should know that the contrary is not the official stand of the Commission” said Mbendera.

He said the two broadcasters will work under the direction of the Commission and will abide by the provision of the broadcasting licences, the Media Code of Conduct on Reporting Elections and relevant legislation on elections.

Zodiak Appointed offical MEC broadcaster

Zodiak Appointed offical MEC broadcaster

“In appointing the official broadcasters, the Commission looked for stations with national geographical coverage, national listenership cutting across various social and religious interests and the technical capacity. The Commission also looked for stations that have proved to be professional and neutral in programming” said Mbendera.

On allegations of rigging Mbendera condemed the rigging allegation reports saying they may be recipe for unnecessary anxiety on electorates.

“We will continue sending this message to all our stakeholders; The country is at a critical stage where we can make or break it. Careless statements and assertions can easily plunge the nations into chaos.

“Anyone raising an allegation of rigging should put forward evidence, if there is no evidence they should remain silent” said Mbendera.

Mbendera also announced that official campaign period closes on Sunday in readiness for polling day Tuesday 20th May.

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