DPP candidate Kachikho pulls out of  Phalombe by-election: UTM faces MCP and 2 independents

Main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) parliamentary candidate for Phalombe north has pulled out of the race.

Kachikho: Sacked

But Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Chifundo Kachale has not given reasons why Anna Kachikho has withdrawn from the race.

Kachale, speaking at a new conference in Lilongwe, also said Patrick Million, an independent candidate for the same constituency has also made withdrawn from the parliamentary race.

He said their nomination fees have been forfeited and constituents will be notified of the withdrawal.

Kachale , a High Court judge reminded all electoral stakeholders, political parties

and the electorate that it is an offence to force, induce or influence a candidate to withdraw from an election.

He said: “Section 46 (5) of the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act says that a withdrawal of a candidate must be voluntary and must be under oath sworn by the candidate before a commissioner for oaths. As we go into these by-elections let everyone be aware of these provisions and avoid contravening them.”

The contest will be  between two independent candidates  Mavuto Bokosi,  Ms Promise Salima as well as  UTM Party candidate Justin Samuel Mokowa and  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate  Esther Wadi Kazembe .

The head of the electoral body has also announced that by-elections in three other remaining  constituencies will be on December 15, 2020.

According to Kachale, Mangochi west Constituency has 27, 190 registered voters while Mangochi North East has 31, 501 registered voters and Phalombe North has 28, 670 registered.

He says, only those who registered in the last year’s election will be allowed to vote as per the court ruling.

Kachale has also called on political parties and voters to observe Covid19 measures during the polling day.

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Harry
Harry
8 days ago

Can Government address issues emerging from fertilizer distribution. People are saying a lot of things and if government chooses to pay a blind eye to these then they should expect bombshells that will damage image of Tonse alliance. Chakwera should make a statement otherwise many malawians from Villages will question his readership as some are staying about five days on a selling points

Harry
Harry
8 days ago

IN Mangochi the candidates that will win will be independents. The same will apply with Phalombe. No chance to party candidates. it will be upon these independent candidates to choose the parties to support. No chance for MCP in all constituencies

Phyot Olera Kun Yini

But my question is: Why is the MEC headquarters in Blantyre and yet all MEC meetings and endless press briefings are held in Lilongwe? Kufuna kudya ma allowance basi? Why is MEC abusing taxpayers money this much? Why don’t they simply relocate the headquarters to Lilongwe? Or why don’t they simply make their useless press briefings right in Blantyre where MEC Headquarters is? Or is it because government is over-funding MEC at the expense of other departments such as education and healthy? Chonde chitanipo kanthu. MEC is playing with our taxes big time.

Gwede Mantashe
Gwede Mantashe
8 days ago

Pakuchitika ndale zoopsya apa
Dikilani mudzadziwa posachedwapa.Mwazina akufuna kumawaombanitsa mitu,Chakwela ndi Chilima.

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
8 days ago

Mabvuto Bokosi was endorsed by Kondwani Nankhumwa. He is actually DPP plan B before Kachiko pulled out.

Pitala
Pitala
8 days ago

Why pull out? Very strange. Whatever the case, the race is btwn UTM and independents. MCP has absolutely no chance. Mark my words.

Moqtadar al Sadir
8 days ago

Dpp is finished. Kutha ngati nsalu ya makatani.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 days ago

sipaja akudwala!!!!

Neno
Neno
9 days ago

Chipani chatha ichi yambitsani chipani china.
..
Barely 5 months out of government you are failing to survive..Nanga komwe kuthele 5 years.

Dpp yatsawukitsa anthu.

Katapila tamudziwa ife chifukwa cha kusayenda bwino zithu thawi ya dpp.

Chipani munachitenga ngati cha ahlomwe basi…If you are not a ahlomwe no chance.

Rest in peace Dpp until we meet again ku njahena.

Harry
Harry
8 days ago
Reply to  Neno

Dònt be cheated .DPP is still a big party in the eastern and southern region. Dont think that because of cheap fertilizers then people will change. Mama Kachikho has pulled out because of persistent illness otherwise she had 90% chance of winning elections

mtete
mtete
9 days ago

My take is that Kachikho is paving way for either UTM or MCP having been fed up with DPP, what with squabbles in the party being the order of the day. It would be interesting if MCP won.

Test
Test
7 days ago
Reply to  mtete

Akudwala. Achibale thought it’s in her best interest.

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