Blantyre Chikwembere ward aspirants pledge peaceful elections

George Banda-MEC Stringer, As the battlelines have been drawn for the June 29 by-elections, Chikwembere Ward aspirants have pledged to hold peaceful campaign ahead of the polls.

The aspirants made the commitment on Saturday at Mdeka Teachers Development Centre-TDC in Blantyre soon after presenting their nomination papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC.

In an interview Democratic Progressive Party-DPP aspirant Flossie Elizabeth Hera said her supporters will continue striving for a non-violent campaign in readiness for the by-elections.

"We wish to commit that we will continue conducting peaceful campaign and that we will not retaliate to any form of provocation from our opponents," she said. 

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Addressing his supporters after presenting his nomination papers, independent aspirant Samson Benny Batto urged his followers to continue practicing an issue-based campaign ahead of the polls. 

Batto said:" As an aspirant am striving to be different from my colleagues by conducting myself in an orderly manner and practicing an issue-based campaign so that I can easily win the elections".

UDF party aspirant Jacks Nkhoma also vowed to continue conducting peaceful preparations in readiness for the by-elections.

MEC is expected to conduct by-elections in Chikwembere Ward in Blantyre North Constituency following the demise of DPP councilor for the area Mathews Siyyad Jirani.

Meanwhile six aspirants have presented their nomination papers to MEC ready to battle for the councillorship of the area.