Joyce Banda ready for 2014 electoral alliance

Malawi Vice President Joyce Banda has said she will be willing to seek an electoral alliance with like-minded parties for contesting the next general election in 2014.

Banda, who is president of the opposition People’s Party, told Zodiak Radio’s Tiuzeni Zoona programme on Sunday that her party with over 2 million members was however strong and would contest the 2014 polls with zeal to win overwhelmingly.

The Vice President nonetheless hinted that an electoral alliance will bolster the chances for opposition block to form the next government in 2014.

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“As PP it would be a lie for us to claim that we have reached a stage to go solo. There is power in unity so we will work with others,” she said.

Drawn to comment on a Daily Times readers’ poll which favoured Machinga North East parliamentarian  Atupele Muluzi  to lead the alliance, the Vice President dismissed the survey as flawed.

“You see, by that time we will see who among us has the majority support to lead the alliance. But talking about that poll, it is not scientific and dubious. People are buying people airtime to vote, so I don’t take it seriously,” she said.

Another poll

But in another  poll, The Big Question, the Times publication asked respondents which of over 30
political parties in Malawi was likely to win more parliamentary seats in the 2014.

The poll favoured the People’s Party  alongside the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) as the likely parties to win more seats.

According to the Sunday Times,   the results of the Big Question were not evenly split, they showed the four parties would go into the elections almost as equals.

Arnold Munthali, Times Group New Media Editor, told the weekly that the intention of the poll was to solicit input from the newspapers group’s readers on their choice of political parties as well as prediction of the 2014 results.

“Our intention in creating the polls has always been to include political parties that are active but since we are responsive to our readers’ needs, we decided to run this poll so that our readers could say for themselves what suits them, which parties they favour,” Munthali said.

He further explained that it was for that reason that readers were not given obvious options from which they could pick their choices.

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