5 to take part in presidential debates: Banda, Chakwera, Chilima, Muluzi and Mutharika

Political experts have condemned the scribes body, Media Institute of South Africa (Misa) Malawi chapter for setting tough conditions for presidential candidates in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections  wishing to participate in presidential candidates which Nyasa Times understands will have five out of nine hopefuls  taking part.

Presidential candidates 2019

The presidential candidates who will ta e part in the upcoming March 29 and April 5 presidential debates include incumbent President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Vice-President Saulos Chilima of newly formed UTM Party.

Besides political allies-turned-rivals, Mutharika and Chilima, other candidates in the presidential  debate will be are Lazarus Chakwera (Malawi Congress Party-MCP),  Joyce Banda (People’s Party-PP) and  Atupele Muluzi (United Democratic Front-UDF).

However, presidential candidate John Chisi (Umodzi Party-UP), Peter Kuwani (Mbakuwaku Movement for Development-MMD), Cassim Chilumpha (Tikonze People’s Movement) and Reverend Kaliya (independent) will not take part because they do not fulfil eight requirements, seven of which the candidate should fulfill to qualify.

The requirements include that the candidates, party or coalition should have at least five percent of the 193 seats in the 2014-2019 National Assembly  and that  the candidate to have structures across the country.

Recating to the development, Mustafa Hussein, a political scientist with the University of Malawi said the conditions were discriminatory.

“Every presidential candidate must be given chance to sell themselves. Malawians should be given chance to select a candidate of their choice,” said Hussein.

But Misa Malawi chairperson Tereza Ndanga said most countries adopt such conditions.

Among others the conditions  that,the candidate has developed and publicly presented a policy platform or manifesto before the first debate and can demonstrate an active campaign across the country during the campaign period.

Misa Malawi also say the candidate has demonstrated a proven ability to field no less than 50% of candidates in parliamentary election or ward councillor election, which are proportionally distributed across all 3 regions of the country.

“The candidate can demonstrate a national level of presence by having organisational structures across the country that include elected positions at National Executive Committee, Regional,District and Constituency levels across the country,” says the statement from Misa Malawi.

Misa Malawi also say the candidate can demonstrate an active participation in the political life of the country during the last five years, the candidate has agreed to abide by a commitment of non-violence and the candidate’s party has conducted democratic internal party elections for key positions.

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Man of Principles
Man of Principles
2 years ago

Its good move not to accomodate everyone. Only potential presidential candidates who can win the elections are supposed to participate. Infact only 3 qualified Saulos Klaus Chilima, Lazarus Chakwera and Peter Mutharika while Atupele and Mai Banda could have been removed from the list azangochedwetsa debate….

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
2 years ago

winayo nde paja samabwera amanamizira timaulendo

Getu Maseko
Getu Maseko
2 years ago

We need another debate for the running mates too. Should for sure be in english.

Charlie Hebdo
Charlie Hebdo
2 years ago

Some people were making fun of SKC after he featured on HardTalk with Zainab Badawi. Let us see how the APMs and the Chimulirenji of this world will fare on the debate. Of the five, the only candidate who can eloquently articulate issues is Chakwera.

Petro
2 years ago

The selection process by MISA is illogical and arbitrary. What on earth does it mean when MISA says that ‘they have followed the selection process because many countries are doing it?” MISA should follow what is just and not what many countries or people are doing. What if these countries are doing the wrong thing?

Chikuliranji
Chikuliranji
2 years ago

Are you sure JB will participate? Paja 2014 anayiopera kutali debate🤣🤣🤣

nyalugwe
nyalugwe
2 years ago
Reply to  Chikuliranji

She does not have to participate

Mphamvu ku wanthu
Mphamvu ku wanthu
2 years ago

Does UTM have structures across the country? I doubt… What structures are your referring to by the way?

Peace
Peace
2 years ago

UTM doesn’t even have 5% of MP’s who were voted into the house on its ticket, how does it qualify for this debate, Teresa Ndanga? It has no branches, area committees, etc. why favour them?

chemalembo
chemalembo
2 years ago

this is fair , we cannot accomodate everybody

Chikuliranji
Chikuliranji
2 years ago

With all the problems we have do we really need debates ? Can we focus and redirect our resources on protecting our brothers and sisters living with albinism!….folks this is a crisis!!!!

Njazi
Njazi
2 years ago
Reply to  Chikuliranji

Yes we do need debate, this is the only way some candidates can be exposed with their lies in their manifesto simple as.

Gona pa Muhanya
Gona pa Muhanya
2 years ago
Reply to  Chikuliranji

Chitsiru cha munthu iwe which resources are you talking about zomwezi mukukhalira kubazi.

BigMan
BigMan
2 years ago

Please arrange an interpreter for the President.

Odya zake no case
Odya zake no case
2 years ago
Reply to  BigMan

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 exactly otherwise people wont hear anything

Shack
Shack
2 years ago
Reply to  BigMan

Kkkkkk! That is true! We don’t understand what he says.

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