Mzimba by-elections campaign period opens

Malawi Electoral Commission (EC) has officially launched the campaign period for contesting aspirants for Mzimba Central and South by-elections set for October this year.

EC launched the campaign at Euthini in the district weeks after closing what it described as a Successful voter registration process.

The launch of the campaign period was followed by adoption of code of conduct for the contestants before and during the elections to ensure the elections are free and fair.

Several political parties are contesting for the vacant Parliamentary seats among them include People’s Party (PP), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF).

PP candidate

Meanwhile, EC has approved applications for DPP candidate Noel Mkandawire and independent candidate, Kandodo Mvula whose papers were rejected on Friday due to late submission and other electoral anomalies.

It is currently not known the fate of UDF candidate Magret Chipeta was also rejected by the electoral body after failure to meet some requirements.

According to the official communication from the electoral body,  the official campaign is expected to end on October 7, 48 hours before the elections.

Mzimba Central Constituency fell vacant following the death of Professor Donton Mkandawire whereas Mzimba South West fell vacant following the appointment of Khumbo Kachali as country’s Vice-President.

Independent candidate Nthara in a limo

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