Experts tell DPP, MCP aspirants  to refuse signing of agreements

A political commentator has told aspiring candidates of the ruling and the main opposition  parties to refuse signing an agreement which commits them to their respective parties even after they lose primary elections.

Phiri: The pact is undemocratic

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the main opposition, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are bonding  the aspiring candidates to sign the memorandum of understanding to undertake that they would still be party members and would not run as independent candidates or join other parties once they lose party primary elections.

But George Phiri, a political scientist at Livingstonia University said this practice is undemocratic.

“This should not be tolerated in democracy. The candidates should not sign these contracts. They can join other parties that do not require such conditions, this is not the promotion of democracy,” he said.

However, a legal commentator Justin Dzonzi said this was in order, saying party members should abide by party rules.

“This is meant to avoid disintegration of their entities,” said Dzonzi.

MCP publicist Reverend Maurice Munthali said aspiring candidates share the same vision and aspirations with the party therefore there should not be any problem for them to sign such agreements.

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Experts u r not immune to critism. You should know that parties hv constitution’s. democracy doesn’t mean anarchy…….please spare parties of your classroom theories.

Practice and he theories are two different things…

Parties hv strategies. goodness ur ideas aren’t taken seriously at times.

BigMan
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BigMan

The agreement is unconstitutional and undemocratic, but anyway the mentioned parties arent know for being democratic.

Kalulu Wadwala
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Kalulu Wadwala

There has to be discipline.
Some people behave like Satan. They don’t want to lose when they have lost

Mundali
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Mundali

the so called experts I think you should shut-up. Your comments breeds disunity and instability in political parties. In a democracy you not always the winner. If your colleague wins support him or her,

Takwalakwa
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Takwalakwa

What is the meaning of an expert? Of late each and every commentator is an expert.

CHISEMBWERE
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CHISEMBWERE

The party must hold fast to its members. A party sets the conditions to its members why just pour water in the name of a political analyst? Our democracy is vibrant those who choose to sign let them do so it is their choice. Any flight into another party isn’t strange the party still needs the use of a belt around its membership and again it demonstrates discipline and loyalty Mr PHIRI don’t lecture us but proposed in away that creates a balanced debate for democracy shut up

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