The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of president Bingu wa Mutharika and newly formed northern region based People’s Development Movement (PDM) on Tuesday officially protested that Aford candidate Enock Chihana was tactically campaigning while voting is in the process on Tuesday in the Rumphi Central constituency by-elections in defiance of the electoral law.
According to the electoral law, campaign is supposed to stop 48-hours before polling hence September 4, 2011 as the polls were scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Enoch, son to former second vice president late Chakufwa Chihana, was reportedly seen voting polling centres after he had already casted his vote.
DPP official Francis Mphepo and PDM officials stormed the Returning Officer’s office to lodge an official complaint on the matter.
They suspected that Enock Chihana was still campaigning and intimidating electorate against voting for other candidates..
The Rumphi central constituency fell vacant following the death of former Parliamentarian Professor Moses Chirambo last year.
Enock faces competition from DPP candidate for the by elections is Norman Nyirenda, McDowell Steven Aaron Chidumba Mkandawire of the newly-registered People’s Party (PP) and Peter Chihana of the People’s Development Movement (PDM).
Voting stations opened at 6 AM on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 and voting will officially close at 6 PM.