Malawi’s parliament has been dissolved constitutionally , enabling campaigning to get under way for the May 21 presidential, parliamentary and local assemblies election.
The local government authorities also stand dissolved.
The dissolution of Parliament is in line with the Constitution of Malawi as stipulated in Section 67 (2)which states that “The National Assembly shall stand dissolved the 20th of March in the fifth year after its election, and the polling day for the general elections for the next National Assembly shall be the Tuesday in the third week of May that year.”
Seven candidates including State Vice President Saulos Chilima and Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi are running against President Peter Mutharika in the presidential race in which another main rival Lazarous Chakwera of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party is also boosted with an electoral alliance with former President Joyce Banda and her People’s Party (PP).
The political temperature in the country is intense ahead of the election as parties are into full gear campaigning.
Talking to the ordinary man and woman in the street, it is clear Malawians are anxiously waiting for the opportunity to exercise their franchise in the upcoming election.
The electoral body has a herculean task to ensure a credible outcome of the polls.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :