Malawi pollster sets May 10 for parliamentary by-election

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) officials have set May 10 for a by-election in Mchinji West whose legislator died suddenly.

Mwafulirwa:  We will wait for money
Mwafulirwa: We will wait for money

MEC spokesman Sangwani Mwafulirwa said the poll is subject to availability of money.

“We have submitted our plan and budget to the treasury. I hope money will be found for the byelection,” said Mwafulirwa.

The tentative programme for the by-election indicates that the campaign window opens on April 20 and official results would be announced on May 17, a week after the election.

The pollster needs over K200 million to hold the by-election.

Finance ministry spokesperson Nations Msowoya was non commital on whether the money will be made available or not.

MEC chair Maxon Mbendera said the commissioners wanted to hold the by-election before the expiry of their term of office on May 18, 2016.

Mchinji West MP Billy Kanjira Banda collapsed and died suddenly in a church, two days after First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje sent him out of parliament after a protracted war of words with the deputy speaker.

Doctors said his death was natural.

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Japhet Banda
Japhet Banda
5 years ago

MEC do a good job. WARNING! MCP is returning its seat.

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