Running mate fever in DPP-UDF rises as MCP-UTM to name pair: Malawi presidential nomination

There is political fever in the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its alliance partner United Democratic Front (UDF) as who incumbent President Peter Mutharika will pick as running mate in the fresh presidential elections set for July 2 2020 as Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is set to receive nomination papers from Wednesday.

MCP president Lazarus Chakwera and his UTM Party counterpart Saulos Chilima avoided any indication on who will lead the alliance
President Mutharika and Minister Chimulirenji : Will this pair be maintained?

In the disputed last year’s elections, Mutharika stunned his party when he picked Everton Chimulirenji from Ginnery Corner streets to the nomination process as his running mate.

Chimulirenji went on to serve as Vice-President until court nullified the elections results.

Now DPP is in electoral alliance with UDF.

The alliance has said they will maintain President Mutharika as torchbearer but the candidate has kept his cards to close to his chest on who will pair him.

Could he stick with Minister of Disaster Management and Public Events Chimulirenji as running mate or UDF will provide a running mate.

Others is DPP say Mutharika may pick one of his lieutenants in the ruling party rank and file to avoid UDF’s leader Atupele Muluzi being second in command.

But this could be problematic in terms of selling the alliance.

MEC chairwoman Jane Ansah has confirmed that the electoral body will proceed with the electoral calendar  after the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal last Thursday dismissed its application to vary the period of holding the election from the 150 days prescribed by the five-judges panel at the Constitutional Court.

In its application to the Constitutional Court to vary or suspend the February 3 nullification of the presidential election, the electoral commission highlighted challenges in the procurement of electoral materials as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore, the restrictions on the number of people that can congregate at any given time will impact on the recruitment and training of electoral officers. Training is often conducted in groups of 40 to 50 participants.

Additionally, the distribution of voting materials to polling stations would be affected as the commission struggles to comply with Covid-19 regulations and guidelines.

While Mutharika’s running mate mystery has gripped the country’s imagination, another focus is on the presidential candidate and runningmate for the electoral alliance of MCP, UTM Party and other partners.

It is still not known who will be alliance torchbearer between MCP president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM Party president Saulos Chilima, who is also the country’s estranged vice-president.

Presidential hopefuls are likely to be using two things in settling for their running mates: Can the partner help them win? Can the ticket partners assist them to govern should they win the elections? These and more are questions that cannot be answered easily.

But the two alliances are keeping their choices close to the chest, thereby heightening social media speculation and debate on possible pairings.

The winning presidential candidate and running mate eventually become the country’s President and Vice-President, respectively.

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tizanka
tizanka
10 months ago

It’s great that MCP ndi UTM have announced their pairing. What they have done is remarkable I wish DPP and UDF do the same. SMH, ma reporters Vuto lake you are more corrupt than the hi5Judges

Junior
Junior
10 months ago

Let someone be first and other Vice President of Malawi with their deference parties building one nation Malawi. One can be a husband and other the wife happy family ❤️💞.

nyopani
nyopani
10 months ago

Maonekedwe amenewa Pitalayu ali bwino bwino koma???. Nkhope ngati covid-19 kkkkkkkkk

Malawi belong to the citizens

To youths in the DPP, give me 10 reasons why Peter Munthalika should be the torchbearer because to me he is tired and very old.Politcs need energetic leaders and visionary ,truthfully speaking Munthalika do not have any.The best thing DPP should do is to choose young leaders in the party to lead.We need to love our country no matter what.I don’t understand why youth in DPP they still dream poverty in 2020 shame.Munthalika wants to lockdown Malawians without food then u have to leave him to lead you, where? kuchiwonongekotu.For once youths in DPP kumalikonda dziko lanu.Kumalifunira zabwino dziko lanu.Do… Read more »

Y R U sostupid!
10 months ago

I like the running mate.

Viper-synch
Viper-synch
10 months ago

there is alot to digest lets wait and see

Cairo
Cairo
10 months ago

UTM/MCP Alliance, how many times do you want me to share this with your here. This author just want to unify the supporters but the reality of the matter is known. I have said it before, if these two, SC and Chakwera did not come before their supporters and sign the alliance, forget about it. There is no way Chakwera can allow SC to be the torch bearer, he has something to show n terms of numbers, MPs, many of them. SC has 5 i understand which means nothing to Chakwera. Now you see, both of these ndiokula mitima, aliyense… Read more »

Mandado@147
10 months ago
Reply to  Cairo

U a cadet obviously wait and see! U got a brain but you cant see….who spoke last at the alliance signing ceremony? if you seen the alliance postors who’s first? Chilima has already accepted to be runningmate for the betterment of the country just waiting to calm fools like u rushing your little brains! Change is coming…..

Kandulu
Kandulu
10 months ago

If I were AMP, I would choice Jane Ansah as my running mate.

Quest
Quest
10 months ago
Reply to  Kandulu

Rest in peace English

Kandulu
Kandulu
10 months ago
Reply to  Quest

I hope you got the point, if you didn’t call APM. He will tell you what I mean.

Charles
Charles
10 months ago
Reply to  Kandulu

Kandulu, please participate in discussions that are conducted in VERNACULAR. You need to polish up your ‘English’, and good luck with your lessons!

Kandulu
Kandulu
10 months ago
Reply to  Charles

The most important thing is that you got the point. Who cares? Typo errors are normal everywhere. That is why newspapers have editors and editor in chief. Anyway for the sake of you my british friend, I will rewrite it; If I were APM, I could have chosen Jane Ansah as my running mate. Happy now!!!

I always write English at the level that APM and his cadets can easily understand.

The Knight Templar
The Knight Templar
10 months ago
Reply to  Kandulu

The grammar in this section is horrendous

NACHITHIDZI PALIBE
NACHITHIDZI PALIBE
10 months ago
Reply to  Kandulu

kkkkk angelezi akumalawi

Mpakateni
10 months ago

Mutharika is to surprise his supporters yet again by making his running mate on the last days so Muluzi cannot have a chance to change his mind as it will be too late to do so. Atambwali sametana.

Dr. Mvuma
Dr. Mvuma
10 months ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

I like the ” Atambwali Sametana” Inde, Aopa Uchekena

Kalulu Wadwala
10 months ago

Every face tells a story. Hahahaha

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