Four of the five councillors contesting for the position of mayor on Monday in Mzuzu, on Friday shunned a public debate.
Anold Msimuko of Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), co organisers of the public debate said it was shocking that only one candidate turned up to face the Zodiak TV cameras.
The debate was also live on Zodiak radio.
Yona Mkandawire, the Democrative Progressive Party (DPP) candidate turned up and had all the hours to market himself to the residents.
Mkandawire is an expert in urban healthy.
CCJP organised the debate in conjunction with Nice Trust.
Spokesperson for Mzuzu City Council Karen Msiska said the incumbent mayor William Mkandawire and the other three contestants confirmed they would attend the live television and radio debate.
He said he did not know why they did not turn up.
However, Msiska said the deputy mayor said he would not be available because he was attending a funeral.
The Monday mayoral polls will be hotly contested as the DPP wants to have mayors in the cities of Blantyre and Mzuzu having lost in Lilongwe to opposition, Malawi Congress Party.
In Blantyre, the DPP is fielding a party stooge and rough neck, Louis Ngalande but an independent councillor and incumbent mayor Noel Chalamanda is popular among residents.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :