Malawi will hold three-tier elections in May next year to vote for a president, members of parliament and counsillors. So far four-front runners have emerged for the hot seat and Nyasa Times is seeking your say on would get the vote.
The presidential candidates include the incumbent Joyce Banda of People’s Party, Lazarus Chakwera of MCP, Atupele Muluzi of UDF and Peter Mutharika of DPP.
Others known candidates are Mark Katsonga of PPM, James Nyondo of Nasaf and Thoko Banda (independent).
Malawians are being urged to vote for those who present clear and convincing political, economic and social programmes that have a greater chance of reducing poverty and human degradation in the country.
After 50 years of independence Malawians are encouraged to vote for who have shown good performance and integrity when they served in public office; those with demonstrated integrity, concern for social justice and courage to speak the truth and those who show genuine desire to work for common good and use power for service, especially of the poor and under privileged,” it stated.
People are discouraged from voting for politicians that had tendencies of self-serving and had potential to use power for self-enrichment.
Those who were arrogant and had no time to listen to the electorate and were of questionable moral standing, including those with proven records of corruption and abuse of power and public resources, those with propensity to use violence and those who put narrow sectarian or ethnic interest before national interest and the common good, must not be voted for.
Have your say: Which presidential candidate would you vote for in the upcoming 2014 elections? In the comment section below, name your choice of presidential candidate.