Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and major opposition Malawi Congress Party are engaged in bruising mayoral elections in Kasungu forcing the elections to be pospopned after a tie of the two opposing candidates twice.
Dalitso Chaponda of MCP faced very stiff competition from Irene Katola of the DPP. Each of them got five votes during the polls which were conducted twice.
Katola was the incumbent mayor who last year switched political parties from MCP to DPP.
The DPP wants to win most of city elections after it lost the mayoral elections in Mzuzu and Lilongwe.
MP for Mzuzu Leonard Njikho and Lilongwe deputy mayor Juliet Kaduya are in hiding following threats from DPP top officials following the party loss in the elections.
Njikho identified those issuing threats for the party loss in the Mzuzu mayoral elections as Transport and Works minister Jappie Mhango, Home Affairs minister Grace Chiumia and DPP northern region governor Kenneth Sanga.
Kaduya said acting DPP secretary general Francis Mphepo threatened to unleash DPP cadets to deal with her.
William Mkandawire of Peoples Party won the Mzuzu elections whilst in Lilongwe, Desmond Bikoko of the MCP won the elections and in Blantyre Wild Ndipo of the DPP won the polls.