Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chancellor College students’ wing has expressed deep concerned over what they call the party’s reluctance to level the playing field in the run up to the party’s convection slated for the commercial capital Blantyre on April 17.
DPP convention will also vote for the party’s presidential candidate for the 2014 elections. So far Speaker of parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda has shown interest to challenge the party’s interim president Peter Mutharika who assumed leadership of the party after the death of his brother Bingu wa Mutharika.
In a stateme t made available to Nyasa Times on Thursday signed by Alfred Muwamba and Diverson Mwanyongo acting president and secretary general respectively, the members say they have learnt with “outmost disappointment, shock and unhappiness” over reports that the party is planning to favor some candidates at the expense of other candidates at the convention saying this will negatively affect the party’s bid to win the 2014 elections.
The cautioned the party against flouting the due process of electing leaders at the convention .
“Any small indication of dictatorship or flouting of rules is viewed with suspicion and usually translates to disasters at the ballots,” reads a statement sent to the party’s secretary general Allan Chiyembekeza.
“We would like to humbly request you sir to make sure that the elections in all positions at the convention are not only free and fair but that are also conducted in a non-intimidating environment. DPP Chanco Wing would want to see justice prevailing in all the positions vacant,” reads the statement.
The wing’s members say it unfortunate that the number of delegates to the convention keeps changing.
DPP convention chairman and party spokesman Nicholous Dausi assured that the elections will be conducted in free, fail and transparent manner.