Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) says will on Wednesday officially launch the highly contentious by-elections set October 17th, 2017.
In July, Mec announced that the by-elections will held in October after they were indefinitely postponed. They were scheduled for June 6th.
In a statement issued out on Monday, newly appointed Chief Elections Officer, Harris Potani said they will on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 hold meetings to launch the by-elections.
The meetings will be held in Lilongwe Msozi North Constituency, Lilongwe City South East Constituency, Nsanje Lalanje Constituency, Mayani North Ward in Dedza North Constituency, Mtsiliza Ward in Lilongwe City West Constituency and Ndirande Makata Ward in Blantyre Malabada Constituency.
“All political parties, aspiring candidates, Civil Society Organizations, faith and traditional leaders and members of the public are invited to attend these important meetings,” said Potani.
He said during these meetings, Mec Commissioners will present the electoral calendar that will outline the timelines for the activities to be implemented in the run up to the by-elections.
“Stakeholders will also be given an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarifications on issues regarding the conduct of the by-elections.”
Mec argued that it had no money to fund the by-elections which include the Supreme Court ordered rerun in Lilongwe South East Constituency, until the national budget for 2016/17 is endorsed by Parliament.
The development attracted various reactions from opposition political parties who accused government of deliberately postponing the elections.