Malawi presidential nominations dates released

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has issued statement informing independent and registered political parties’ presidential candidates that presentation of nomination forms will take at Comesa Hall in Blantyre from 10 to 14 February.

According to the statement emailed to Nyasa Times, MEC will make available to all registered parties contesting in the elections nomination forms for the aspiring candidate for Presidential elections from January 16.

However, independent presidential candidates will collect the nomination forms the electoral body’s Head Office in Blantyre.

Aspiring candidates for parliamentary and local government elections will get the nomination forms from the district commissioners’ offices.

Malawi 2014 presidential candidates: Joyce Banda, Peter Mutharika, Atupele Muluzi and Lazarus Chakwela
Malawi 2014 presidential candidates: Joyce Banda, Peter Mutharika, Atupele Muluzi and Lazarus Chakwela

“MEC shall receive nomination forms for aspiring Presidential candidates at Chichiri International Conference Centre in Blantyre from 10th to 14th February, 2014 from 8am to 4pm on each designated day,” says MEC.

Meanwhile, the Commission has recruited Constituency Returning Officers for both Parliamentary and Local Government elections.

MEC Commissioner responsible for Media, Civic and Voter Education, Nancy Tembo said the newly recruited officers to remain non-partisan and impartial to safeguard their integrity.

Speaking during the commencement of their training, Tembo further MEC is determined to deliver a credible election and “we will not tolerate anyone to sabotage the process.”

She therefore urged the officers to refrain from tendencies of receiving or asking for gifts from aspiring candidates ahead of the nomination process.

Such acts, according to her, are a form of corruption and stand to put the Commission’s reputation at stake.

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