13 presidential candidates lined up for nominations 10 to 14 Feb

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is warning road users, mainly motorists travelling between downtown Blantyre and Limbe to expect increased traffic along the Chipembere Highway from 10 to 14 February.

The electoral body’s warning comes just days before presentation of nomination papers by candidates for Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government Elections.

Presidential Elections candidates will present their nomination papers to the Commission at the Chichiri International Conference Centre (COMESA Hall) in Blantyre from 10 to 14 February.

Malawi 2014 presidential candidates: Joyce Banda, Peter Mutharika, Atupele Muluzi and Lazarus Chakwela
Malawi 2014 presidential candidates: Joyce Banda, Peter Mutharika, Atupele Muluzi and Lazarus Chakwela

“Expect increase of traffic along the Masauko Chipembere Highway. Motorists travelling between Blantyre and Limbe are encouraged to use alternative routes to their destinations and avoid the Masauko Chipembere Highway if possibe,” said MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa.

The areas likely to be greatly affected, according to him, is from Chichiri Roundabout at the Kamuzu Stadium to the Ginnery Corner Roundabout.

Candidates for Parliamentary elections will present their nomination papers to Constituency Returning Officers to be stationed at district council offices.

However, Mwafulirwa said the Commission has put in place security measures to ensure safety of the candidates and their supporters.

He also urges candidates and their supporters to maintain peace and order and avoid provocative actions in the event that they meet with rivals at the council headquarters.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President Peter Mutharika will submit his papers Monday morning, Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Progressive Movement’s (PPM) President Mark Katsonga on Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 12 has been allocated to three parties, namely; United Democratic Front (UDF), Chipani Cha Pfuko and People’s Transformation Party (PETRA).

Umodzi Party, National Salvation Front (NASAF) and Tisintha Alliance will submit their nomination papers on Thursday, February 13 whereas President Joyce Banda will submit her nomination papers on Friday, February 14.

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