Catholic Bishops Urge Malawians to Participate in 2025 Polls “actively and wisely”

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Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) are calling upon the electorate in the Southern African nation to play an active role in the country’s general elections scheduled for next year

In their Sunday, February 25 pastoral letter in which they fault the President Lazarus Chakwera-led Tonse Government for letting down citizens, ECM members say being disinterested in politics on the part of Malawians “translates to not being concerned about your quality of life, well-being, job, freedom, and future.”

Taking part in the 2025 general elections “actively and wisely” is a way of cooperating with God in getting Malawi out of its current mess, the Catholic Church leaders say.

“It is important that everyone exercises their right to vote so that those elected are truly representatives of the people,” ECM members say, and add, “It is essential that young people exercise their right to vote as the outcome of the elections will determine their future.”

They call upon eligible voters to evaluate the political candidates, including their respective performance records and what they can do.


The Catholic Church leaders caution against unimportant considerations, including political and tribal affiliations of the political candidates. 

“As much as our leaders are responsible for the many problems we face as a country, we the citizens, the voters, are also responsible for these problems by choosing leaders who are not able to govern the country properly,” ECM members say in their 14-page 11-point collective statement.

They add, “Politics needs sound foundations, legitimacy, and an ethical framework to be humane and useful.”

“Every citizen has the duty to stand up for freedom and justice,” the Catholic Church leaders further say, and urge Malawians to shun destructive and violent actions during the electioneering period.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.