PP aspirants to guarantee against standing as independents

All those wishing to stand on the ruling People’s Party ticket either as MPs or Councillors will be required to guarantee that they will not stand as independent candidates if they lose primary elections, the party has announced.

“People should declare beforehand that they will stand as Independents and not because they have lost primary elections. Such behaviour apart from being confusing does not build the party,” said PP’s acting Secretary General Paul Maulidi.

He said the party will work with its Director of Legal Affairs Ralph Kasambara to work on the indemnity forms.

“It will be a declaration that if I lose… I will not stand as Independent and if I do PP has the liberty to take me to Court,” said Maulidi, a lawyer himself.

Maulidi: No go zone areas

Maulidi: No go zone areas

In Mzuzu Constituency alone PP has a six men horse race while in Nkhata Bay West where Kasambara has shown interest to contest, there are 11 aspirants.

Countrywide, it is the same picture with more people showing interest to stand on PP ticket.

Meanwhile, the PP has dispelled rumours that President Joyce Banda has endorsed some candidates in certain constituencies, saying the party has no shadow candidates.

Maulidi said there is no gone zone area.

“Some people are lying that they have the President’s blessings hence no primaries. Every aspirant will have to face primary elections regardless of his status in the party or government circles.Let’s embrace democracy and allow everybody to compete. We will not endorse anyone,” he said.

Meanwhile, the party has dissolved all area committees in the northern region.

Maulidi said nobody owns party structure such as areas because they belong to the party.

Sources said the party had many fake area committees because MPs had established their own areas independent from those recognized by the party.--MEC Stringer

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