Citizens for Progressive Action unperturbed by Indian High Commission rejection to receive petition over Gandhi statue

  By Duncan Mlanjira Citizens for Progressive Action, which held a vigil at the Indian High Commission offices in Lilongwe on Friday in protest of the plans by the Indian government to elect a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, says they are unperturbed that the Indian High Commission rejected to receive petition. “We are happy that our action was noticed and we went on to deliver the petition to Lilongwe City Council, who will pass it on to the Indian High…

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MEC advises media not to run campaign stories and adverts at close of by-election campaign on Sunday

  By Duncan Mlanjira The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has reminded the media not run campaign stories and adverts in the editions when the campaign period closes at 6am on Sunday, November 3 for Matenje Ward in Kasungu North West Constituency. A statement from MEC signed by Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika, says editors are encouraged to manage news contents to remove campaign materials. “Radio and television stations should also not broadcast or play any campaign messages and songs…

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November 5 by-elections ballot papers arrive Friday

By Duncan Mlanjira The ballot papers and other polling materials for the November 5 by-elections for Matenje Ward in Kasungu Lilongwe South Constituency will arrive at Kamuzu International Airport on Friday, November 1 through an Emirates flight EK9747 at 3.05pm. The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says in a statement that ballot papers and supporting documents for Matenje Ward in Kasungu will be taken straight to Kasungu while those for for the postponed Lilongwe South Constituency will be taken to…

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MEC postpones Lilongwe South Constituency by-election due to growing insecurity and threats to its commissioners and staff

  By Duncan Mlanjira Due to growing insecurity and threats to its commissioners and staff, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has postponed the by-elections in Lilongwe South Constituency set for November 5 until further notice.  In a press statement issued on Tuesday, MEC says the commissioners and staff that were deployed to work in the constituency were being intimidated since the launch of the official campaign period on October 19. “The Malawi Electoral Commission met on Tuesday, 29 October,…

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Kamuzu Academy Alumni asks for independent commission of inquiry into alleged sexual assault on Msundwe women

By Duncan Mlanjira Kamuzu Academy Alumni Association have asked the authorities to appoint an independent commission of inquiry in the investigation of alleged sexual and physical assault by a group of uniformed Police personnel innocent women and girls of Msundwe, M’bwatalika and Mpingu. In a press statement, the Alumni — while applauding the authorities following the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry by the Police to look into their own conduct — strongly feel that there is need for…

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Malawi Law Society asks MCP, UTM to recognize Mutharika as President of the Republic for the moment

By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi Law Society (MLS) has asked Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party leaders to recognize and clearly inform their followers that, while the presidential election result remains subject of a challenge in Constitutional Cause No. 1 of 2019 at the High Court Lilongwe District Registry, President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika remains the President of the entire Republic.  MLS said this in a statement on the ‘state and the future of Constitutionalism and the rule of…

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Lilongwe South Constituency registers 272 new voters; Matenje Ward has 171 extra

By Duncan Mlanjira New voters have registered for the November 5, 2019 by-elections for both Lilongwe South Constituency and Matenje Ward of Kasungu North West Constituency after the successful registration and voter verification exercise held on October 10 and 11. Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says in a statement that a total of 272 new voters have been identified in Lilongwe South Constituency, of which 153 are male and 119 are female, bringing the total of 32,459. Matenje Ward has…

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MCP to participate in Lilongwe South Constituency Parliamentary by-elections under protest

By Duncan Mlanjira Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has announced that it will participate in the forthcoming Parliamentary by-elections for Lilongwe South Constituency under serious protest, citing that it lost trust of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC). MEC is set to organize the Parlimentary elections for this constituency on November 5, which were postponed following the death of UTM Party candidate Agnes Penemulungu, who died prior to the May 21 tripartite polls. MCP is expected to field Peter Dimba and…

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5 aspirant MPs present nomination papers for Lilongwe South Constituency 

By Joshua Mphanda, MEC Stringer Following the submission of nomination papers in Lilongwe South Constituency by-election, five candidates are expected to battle it out for the contentious Parliamentary seat in the area, which were postponed after UTM Part candidate Agnes Penemulungu died prior to the  21 May tripartite polls. The candidates comprise of Frank Mazizi from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Samson Phinifolo from UTM party, Peter Dimba from Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Patson Mthyoka as Independent and Julius Gracian…

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Mangochi has urged chiefs to support government

Senior Chief Nankumba of Mangochi has urged chiefs to support President Professor Peter Mutharika and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for people in the district to enjoy development. Senior Chief Namkumba was speaking on Saturday during the installation of Group Village Headman Chilombo at Chilombo Headquarters in Mangochi Monkey Bay. He said chiefs should not allow their political views, support and affiliation to undermine the people and government of the day. Nankumba has warned other chiefs “Let me…

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