Political experts have warned the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) that it might be heading for disintegration in its strongholds if the party continues to mishandle primary elections.
Political analyst Ernest Thindwa said announcements by some aspirants who lost during the elections and say they would stand as independents or want to join other parties is an indication that the party might not have members of parliaments in some areas deemed strongholds for the party.
“The messy and botched primary elections in some areas is an indicatiin that the stakes are high in the elections especially in central region where the party is strong and everyone who wins the elections is most likely to win the national elections,” he said.
Another political analyst Happy Kayuni said in most cases, the botched primary elections are as a result of party officials conducting the elections favouring one of candidates during the primary elections.
Kayuni said party officials were supposed to be non-partisan when conducting the election.