Mzuzu candidates demand removal of MEC presiding officer

Two parliamentary and one local government candidates have penned the country’s pollster, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  asking it to fire a presiding officer whom they accused of bias.

The trio namely Uncle Jose Lenard Njikho and Dan Msowoya for Mzuzu City Constituency and Goodwin John Mvula for Mchengautuwa West Ward in a jointly signed letter dated April 9th 2014 want Denis Nyirenda, the Head Teacher for Sonda Primary School not to preside over elections at Sonda centre.

The letter addressed to the Regional Elections Officer for the north and copied to 13 organisations including the media asks MEC to treat the issue with urgency.

Njikho: Wants returns officer removed
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“Mr Nyirenda presided over ruling Peoples Party primary elections on December 22, 2013 at the said centre. He showed biasness towards other aspirants and this resulted into disputes. We doubt his integrity and we request that he should not preside over the coming tripartite elections,” reads part of the letter.

The candidates fear that Mr Nyirenda’s presence during May 20th elections may lead to violent protests.

“We propose that he should not preside at any polling centre within Mzuzu City Constituency inclusive of the current voters’ verification exercise,” they said.

MEC Spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa said they are yet to receive the letter.

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