Uncertainty surrounds the holding of Mwasa Ward by-elections in Zomba on November 16 this year as political parties and other electoral stakeholders are demanding the cancellation of the until 2025; citing unresolved concerns.
Tempers flared in Mangochi on Saturday during the meeting Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC had with the Multiparty Liason Committee.
The voices of discontent from the parties forced MEC Chairperson, Justice Chifundo Kachale to abruptly end the engagement; saying they needed to go back to the drawing board and discuss the issues raised.
Among others, the parties and stakeholders want the Commission to first provide an explanation on how they resolved the burning issues that led to the initial postponement of the polls on September 26.
Again, there are allegations that the National Registration Bureau-NRB was registering under age children nd that people from other wards stormed Mwasa Ward to register.
William Chimoyo of the United Democratic Front and other stakeholders demanded the cancellation of the polls.
“There is a case in court regarding these by-elections; let’s draw lessons from the 2020 presidential court sanctioned elections. They should wait for the court ruling or better wait for 2025 elections,” says Chimoyo.
Earlier, Kachale indicated that registration for voters would start run from October 2-8 with at least 3032 people expected to vote as compared to 2756 in 2019.
“We will not tolerate any irregularities this time; otherwise we will again cancel the by-elections. Government is losing alot of resources and we can not go on like this,” said Kachale.
He further pledged to engage the police and the NRB to iron out issues that led to cancellation of the by-elections earlier.
The MEC chair added they would abide by the electoral laws and that the polls would be held as the per the electoral calendar.
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