Political parties and candidates’ must not declare war on Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to solve their poor vote results incase they are defeated, says Catholic Commission for Peace and Justice (CCJP) programe manager for Kasungu, Hastings Kalima.
Kalima whose institution helps in the consolidation of democracy in kasungu saw first –hand how political parties and candidates can operate when the chips are down and believes their behavior aren’t the way to go in any election.
According to Kalima monitors for losing political parties and candidates in the 2014 Tripartite Elections refused to sign for the results at Kasunguclaiming the ruling party had rigged the elections.
He was commenting on the appeal MEC Commissioner YahayaMmadi made at Kasungu Secondary School hallMonday whenhe called on traditional leaders and political parties including candidates to ensure there is peaceful by electionin the district.
Mmadi and his electoral team invited all stakeholders in the by-elections conveying message to them to understand the system of voting so that they have a successful voting on November 1 this year.
MEC is holding by-elections in the district to fill the vacancy late Bernard Theu former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councilor created when he died in July this year, leaving people of Bunda Ward without any developmental representation at council level.
DPP has fielded Philemon Theu to defend the seat, Jonathan KayafaTembo (Malawi Congress Party), Mark Wawalu ( United Democratic Front) as well as Gerald Bonfac ePhiri and PatrickMbale (Independents).
Kalima said:“Elections are like football, sometimes when things don’t go well, loosing supporters want war but let us accept the results.”
On his part,Mmadi appealed to chiefs and political parties’ leaders to ensure people take part in the voting, warning that those to refrain would create room for bad leaders to win and fail them on the spect of development which they fight for.