MEC Disowns ‘Fake’ Press Statement On Number of Candidates for Parties

By Yamikani Yapuwa, MANA Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has appealed to Malawians to disregard a statement circulating on social media about the number of candidates for political parties in the country. Reacting to the statement on Wednesday, MEC’s Director of Public Relations and Media, Sangwani Mwafulirwa described the statement as fake, saying it has not originated from the commission. “This is to inform you that the statement currently in circulation regarding the above subject has not originated from the…

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Female Candidates Warned Against Electoral Violence

By Tionge Kasolota, MANA District Elections Officer for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in Mangochi, Rodrick Kazembe has urged women aspiring for parliamentary and local government positions to avoid violence during electoral campaign period. He made the call on Wednesday during an interface meeting organized by the 50:50 Campaign Management Agency between the women aspirants and electoral stakeholders held in the district in preparation for a solidarity march against violence. Kazembe said once the campaign period is officially opened, for…

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MEC Rejects PP, UDF Candidates

By Stanley Nkhondoyachepa-MANA Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has rejected nomination papers for People’s Party (PP), Democratic People’s Congress (DEPECO) and United Democratic Front (UDF) aspiring candidates for May 21,2019 tripartite polls on various grounds including non-payment of nomination fees. The aspirants include Steven Chingondo (PP) and Florence Banda (DEPECO) who had their dreams of contesting for parliamentary seats shattered when Returning Officers for MEC rejected their papers for failing to pay nomination fees. MEC refused nomination papers for Regina…

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DPP Paints Blantyre City Blue

No doubt, Friday was Professor Peter Mutharika’s day. The noise in the streets of the Commercial City of Blantyre, music and decorations in all roundabouts gave the hype to the much-awaited event. Although Mutharika was supposed to present his nomination papers at 2:00 pm at Comesa Hall, the city was already polluted by noise as early as 7:30 am. People clad in blue attire which is the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) colour were seen from all corners of Blantyre….

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Mutharika Picks Chimulirenji as Running Mate

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has since unveiled Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Everton Hebert Chimulirenji as his running mate in the watershed general elections. Mutharika unveiled his running mate when he presented his nomination papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to contest as presidential candidate for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the May 2l Tripartite Elections at the Chichiri Conference Centre popularly known as Comesa Hall in Blantyre on Friday. Speaking after presenting…

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MEC Urges North to Patronize Voter Verification Exercise

Chairperson for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Dr. Jane Ansah has urged the electorate in the northern region to ensure that they verify their names during the ongoing voter verification exercise. Speaking Monday in an interview after conducting supervision visits to some voter verification centers in Chitipa, Ansah said the commission is pleased to note that some registered voters were verifying their names through Short Message Service (SMS). She said the use of mobile phone messaging, has contributed to…

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Heavy Rains Disrupts Voter Verification Exercise

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says that heavy rains which have been falling in most parts of the southern region has affected the voter verification exercise in Phalombe district. District Elections Officer for Phalombe, Stanley Masala said that despite the exercise going on well, the commission is facing transport problems in hard to reach areas as some of its vehicles are stuck in mud. “Verification exercise has started well in Phalombe, but we have been having transport problems in…

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Voter Verification Exercise Attracts New Registrants

As voter verification exercise enters the third phase, it is has been discovered that some people who did not register during voter registration period, are now flocking to centres get registered, only to be sent back. Such incidences were experienced in Chiradzulu on Tuesday (the first day of the verification exercise), whereby such people mistook the verification exercise for registration. However, they were advised that the exercise was meant for those who already registered, to confirm if their details…

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MEC meets APM, JB, Chilima, Atupele Muluzi on upcoming voter verification exercise and nomination of candidates

By Duncan Mlanjira The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has embarked on a process of meeting and engaging political party leaders ahead of the May 20th tripartite elections in which it is giving the presidents an update on the just-ended voter registration exercise and also a briefing on the upcoming voter verification exercise and nomination of candidates. The process started on Tuesday with meeting the State President Peter Mutharika at State House in Lilongwe and former President and leader of…

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Road to 2019: Over 300 Youth to Contest in May 2019 Polls

About 300 youth aspirants are expected to contest in the 2019 Tripartite Elections,   in what activists are describing as  youth-dominated Elections. This is according a None Governmental Organisation in Mzuzu  Youth  and Society (YAS). Executive Director for YAS Charles Kajoloweka said this  at Illala Lodge in  Mzuzu on Tuesday during a  meeting  with media representatives in Mzuzu under the umbrella body Nyika Media Club aimed at garnering media  support for the Youth Decide 2019 Campaign (YD-2019)  . “We are…

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