Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and two independent candidates in the October 9 by-elections in Mzimba south west constituency have claimed that ruling PP is plotting to steal the vote in the by-elections.
Independent candidates James Nthala and Baxter Mazunda said PP government’s electoral abuses, such as the use of state resources by minister to campaign for PP candidate, have raised fears about the credibility of the elections.
“The by-election would not be fair of the level playing field is not leveled,” said Nthala.
He has also alleged that PP plans to steal the votes, saying PP is currently collecting identity numbers from legible voters in the constituency.
Leonard Cholula, DPP‘s candidate corroborated the story, saying they queried the electoral officials in Edingeni on why people’s voter registration numbers were being collected by PP.
“There is rigging scheme by the PP. I phoned Mr. Jellings Ngwira, the Endingeni Zone governor to explain why they are collecting voter registration number during the campaign period, and he told me that they are trying to amend the areas in the constituency so that are functional,” he said.
The candidates have lodged the complaint to the Malawi Electoral Commission.
Despite the rigging fears, DPP orthern regional governor, Christopher Mzomera Ngwira MP, remains upbeat they will win.
Ngwira said DPP have done their homework and were confident of scaling the hurdles.
The constituency fell vacant following the appointment of Khumbo Kachali as the country’s Vice-President.
There will also be another by-election in Mzimba Central Constituency on October 9 by-elections to replace Professor Donton Mkandawire who died last December.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :