Malawi Electoral Commission sets October for by-elections

Officials from Malawi Electoral Commission say they have sent a budget for byelections to treasury set for October, 2016.

Kalonga By elections October
Kalonga By elections October

Chief Elections Officer Willie Kalonga could not say how much the commission is looking for the byelections in Mchinji West for a parliamentary byelection and local government byelections in Lilongwe and Zomba.

“We are still discussing with treasury on this issue and are assuring us that they will give us the money,” he said.

Treasury spokesperson Nations Msowoya confirmed the ministry of Finance has received the budget.

“Our team is analysing the budget so that we have value for our money in the things they want to buy,” he said.

Last time the pollster spent K250 million for one parliamentary byelection and two Local Government byelections.

Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson expressed concern that only two parties participated in the elections, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and Malawi Congress Party.

He suggested dormant political parties which do not participate in byelections should be deregistered.

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