7 candidates to appear on Malawi presidential ballot –MEC

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  has said following it decision to strike the country’s former vice-president Cassim Chilumpha from the presidential  list now leaves seven aspirants from the initially approved nine paper in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Four main contendors for the presidency: Mutharika, Chilima, Muluzi and Chakwera

The candidates to appear on presidential ballot includes 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 race are Atupele Muluzi (United Democratic Front-UDF), Lazarus Chakwera (Malawi Congress Party-MCP), John Chisi (Umodzi Party-UP), Peter Kuwani (Mbakuwaku Movement for Development-MMD) and Revelend Kaliya (independent).

Former president Joyce Banda also pulled out from the race and endorsed MCP’s presidential candidate  Chakwera.

MEC’s decision to exclude Chilumpha followed a High Court judgement that he could not represent Tikonze People’s Movement (TPM) in the race.

In its statement signed by MEC chief elections officer Sam Alfandika  made available to Nyasa Times, the electoral body said Chilumpha would no longer be allowed to contest in the polls following the court judgement.

Reads the MEC statement: “Pursuant to the requirements of the law that governs nomination of candidates for presidential elections, the implication of the court’s decision is that the Right Honourable Chilumpha’s nomination has been rendered invalid.

“The commission has, therefore, struck off his name from the list of candidates duly nominated for election for the office of the President of the Republic of Malawi.”

Chilumpha, a lawyer, has described the decision as “absurd and a mockery” to the country’s laws.

He said: “You see what the judge said in his judgement was that I am not barred from contesting. He only said I could not represent TPM based on the arguments that were made.

“But just a few days after that the electoral body has decided to bar me completely from standing in the elections. That speaks volumes of a conspiracy that has been going on.”

TPM was a merger of six political parties—Malawi Forum for Unity and Development (Mafunde), People’s Progressive Movement (PPM), New Labour Party (NLP), Republican Party (RP), Malawi Democratic Party (MDP) and Assembly for Democracy and Development (ADD).

Chilumpha said time and resources are not on his side to pursue the case, but cautioned that “the bigger picture is that this kind of unfairness will someday haunt this country.”

Printing of ballot papers is currently in progress at Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC, Dubai  in United Arab Emirates.

MEC Director of Media and Public Relations, Sangwani Mwafulirwa, said said the ballot papers will be ready for shipping to Malawi by April 30.

 

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Zadapo
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Zadapo

It’s all set! pa Number 2 pali DPP, pa 3 akulimbilanapo mwana wa Muluziyu ndi nzake uyu obela mavoti analephela kuba chipani cha DPP uyu, kwinako muonako nokha

Mafumu
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Mafumu

Koma mukuti mumafuna kuyesa mwayi ?? But a Malawi kutukula osauka ndiye kuti mukhale President basi? Taonetsani ntchito zachifundo muli out of government. Pano mwagundika ku gawa ma buckets kufuna voti. Anthu oyipa inu.

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

Kkkkkk sad cos if you can’t even spell disgruntled correctly then how can you know that UTM is a Party of disgruntled people?

Utm
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Utm

Chilima is, without doubt, going to rule Malawi from May 24 2019.

Dan
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Dan

I do not think Muluzi is a main contender in any way

Nyakwawa A
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Nyakwawa A

I hope that MEC is printing ballot papers according to presidential surnames in alphabetic order.
Osaphwanya malamulo kuti Arthur akhale payambilira.

DR MANGA
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MEC BETTER TREAD CAREFULLY ON THIS. WHAT IF CHILUMPHA DECIDES TO OBTAIN AN INJUCTION.THIS MIGHT DERAIL THE WHOLE BALLOT PRINTING EXERCISE.

Chingaipe
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Chingaipe

On matters of national importance, even the learned judge can not allow Chilumpha to black mail elections

gwenenthe mwale
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gwenenthe mwale

at the age of 80 standing as president. my foot!!!!!!!

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder

Iwedi ndiye Nzimwale weniweni. So if he can’t stand for presidency where do you think he should stand for? tsono kwa iwe ndi mamina mmutu mwakomo ukuona ngati akuphwanya lamulo? Panyero pako ndithu mwana wapatchire opanda mwambo iwe.

Malawian
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Just join UTM boss don’t waste your precious time with small things

chaponda
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chaponda

Exactly a party of disgrantled people UTM

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder

kkkkkkkkk

Ismael
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Ismael

kkkkkk Say it again

daviendhlovu88@gmail.com
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And the winning team of course!

Vide
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And the winning team of course…