The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is behind the suspension of the by-elections that were slated for June 6, the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka has claimed.
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has postponed by-elections following communication from Treasury department that government does not have money.
But MCP’s Mkaka said the postponement is the work of DPP to thwart democracy.
Mkaka argued that MEC had no justification to suspend the by election as that was “in breach of the Constitution of Malawi.”
MCP deputy secretary general said DPP “are running scared” of being thoroughly defeated.
Mkaka said the move is infringing on people’s rights.
But DPP spokesman Francis Kasaila dismissed the accusation by MCP, saying the ruling party does not interfere with the operations of the electoral body.
The Supreme Court on March 6 ordered MEC to conduct fresh polls in Lilongwe City South East Constituency after the electoral body’s decision to declare DPP candidate Bentry Namasasu winner of the May 20 2014 contest with 10 956 votes was challenged by MCP candidate Ulemu Msungama who got 10 854.