MEC stops Blantyre West Parliamentary elections following death of candidate

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has announced that following the death of Blantyre West Parliamentary candidate, George Kajumo all proceedings in relation to May 21 elections for that constituency have been stopped in pursuant to section 47 of the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act.

Kajumo when he presented his papers to CRO Muhasuwa

In that vein MEC says all nominations that were done in Blantyre West Constituency are void and that there will be fresh nominations to be received by the Constituency Returning Officer, Greyson Muhasuwa at Chigumukire TDC on 29th March 2019 from 8 am to 4 pm.

“All Parliamentary candidates for Blantyre West who already submitted nomination papers are only required to confirm in writing to the Constituency Returning Officer their intention to still to participate in the Parliamentary Elections and not submit fresh nomination papers.

“Nomination papers for those who wish to contest for the Parliamentary Elections will be available from office of the Returning Officer for Blantyre West from 23rd March 2019 and the nomination fees shall not be refundable,” says MEC in a statement.

After been disappointed with the way the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primary elections were handled in Blantyre Rural West, Kajumo decided to run as independents and duly presented his nomination papers on February 7 at Chigumukire Traditional Authority T/A Kuntaja in Chileka.

Kajumo was supposed to represent the DPP as he won the primary elections held on December 21, 2009 beating Isaac Kaneka and incumbent Peter Kumpalume but the results were not officially released by the presiding officer, saying they would do so after consultations with the top DPP brass.

The results were still kept under wraps despite many calls by Kajumo and his followers to release them until late January when he heard that Kumpalume had been given nomination papers by the DPP to represent the party.

After talks with his followers, Kajumo was asked to run as independent and he he collected his own nomination papers at MEC and presented to CRO Muhasuwa.

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COPS
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COPS

Should i call the death coincidental or what? Mutu wanga waima!

Nyapapi
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Nyapapi

This guy won DPP primaries but Dpp officials at the end anachita mosiyana ndikumupatsa kumpalume ma nomination papers . munthu wasankha kukhala independent lero akumwaliranso , what was the cause of death ? Komatu ndalezi eeeeee ,,,,,DPP ifotokoze bwino

Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

It’s obvious that Kumpalume has a hand in his death.

Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

MHSRIP

Zathu
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Zathu

Koma ndi poopsa apa. Now the man was standing as an independent candidate, are you looking for another person to stand as an independent or will replace amene adamupatsa ma nomination papers?

Bob Finye
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Bob Finye

What’s the logic of postponing elections just because an independent candidate has died? It would have made sense if he represented a party because a replacement would be required. But independent…….

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder

2009? Are you talking about the forth coming election or the past 2009 election?

Tyson
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Tyson

It is 2019

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