MEC to conduct public debates for Mzimba by-elections

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has organized two public debates to give an opportunity to the contesting candidates in Mzimba Southwest and Mzimba Central constituencies to explain their manifestos to the electorate.

Mzimba Southwest fell vacant after the parliamentarian Khumbo Kachali ascended to the office of the vice-president while Mzimba Central fell vacant because of the death of its legislature Prof Donton Mkandawire.

MEC’s Director of Media and Public Relation, Sangwani Mwafulirwa, says in a statement made available to Nyasa Timesthat in Mzimba Southwest constituency the debate will be held at Edingeni trading centre on Monday September 24.

Mwafulirwa: Public debates on

In Mzimba Central the debate will held on Tuesday September 25, 2012 at Kapiri trading centre.

“Both debates will start at 9.00AM. During the debates, candidates will be given an opportunity to explain their manifestos to the electorate and will also answer questions from journalists draw from various media houses” reads the statement in part.

The debates are expected to be recorded and broadcast on Mzimba Community Radio Station, Malawi Broadcasting Station and Zodiak Broadcasting Station.

All candidates are therefore asked to make sure that they control their supporters, to maintain peace and not provoke others to violence or intimidation.

Competing candidates in Mzimba Southwest constituency are Raymond Chatima Nkhata of Peoples Party, Lonard Chavula of Democratic Progressive Party, while James Nthara and Baxter Revival Manzunda are standing as independent candidates.

The Mzimba Central parliamentary seat is being competed by, Bonifacio Chidumayo Nguluwe of New Rainbow Coalition (NARC), Owen Mkandawire of DPP, Enita Njolwa of Aford. Aram Mdala Beza of Peoples Party, two independent candidates Joseph Mabvuto Kachali and Dennis Kandodo Mvula .

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