Budget review first, electoral reforms bills later-CEDEP

Center for Development of People (CEDEP) says it will push for the tabling of Electoral Reforms Bills in the next session of Parliament in June this year.

CEDEP Executive Director Gift Trapence has faulted government for showing no interest in tabling the much touted bills during the previous meeting of parliament last December.

Parliament opened its mid-year budget review session on February 5 to review the first half of 2017/2018 national budget, which was pegged at MK1.3 trillion.

However, Trapence said there focus at the moment isĀ on how the government has used tax payers’ money during the past six months.

“Our focus is not on whether the bill will be discussed in this current session or not,” he told YFM online in an interview.

Trapence added: “We will exert much pressure on government to re-table the bills during the budget sitting for 2018/2019 financial year.”

CEDEP, together with other civil society organizations such as Public Affairs Committee (PAC), Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) and Youth and Society have been advocating for the tabling of the Electoral Reforms Bills ahead of the 2019 polls.

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