Almost a month before the anticipated by-elections are held, a returning officer for Mtsiliza ward in Lilongwe City has resigned, Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) has confirmed.
The officer, a Mrs. Bondo has resigned on on medical grounds and she has since been replaced with Panji Nguluwe a Head teacher for Mvunguti School who also worked as a Presiding Officer in 2014.
Mec expects to hold the by-elections in seven constituencies and wards. Presentation of nomination papers for the October 17, 2017 by-elections will take place on Friday, September 8, 2019.
Meanwhile, Mec has warned political parties fielding candidates for October’s by-elections that it will not allow substitutions for suspended candidates.
Mec acting-Chief Elections Officer, Harris Potani said that there will be no provision of nomination by substitution once a candidate is disqualified.
Inspection of the nomination papers will be done on Thursday September 7th in the concerned constituencies and wards.
To participate in the elections, eligible candidates for Parliamentary seat will have to pay K200,000 (male candidates) and K150, 000 (female candidates) while for Local Government Elections candidates its K20,000 (male candidates) while for female aspirants it is K15,000.
The by-elections are expected to take place in the following areas: Lilongwe Msozi North Constituency in Lilongwe District; Mayani North Ward in Dedza District; Lilongwe City South East Constituency in Lilongwe City; Mtsiliza Ward in Lilongwe City; Ndirande Makata Ward in Blantyre City, and Nsanje Lalanje Constituency in Nsanje District.