By-elections nomination paper submissions on March 8

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it will receive nomination papers for the 30 March by-elections on Monday 8 March.

According to MEC Chief Elections Officer Sam Alfandika, the process of receiving the nomination papers will only take place in constituencies and wards which fell vacant following demise of legislators and councilors respectively.

Alfandika said candidates will to contest for Parliamentary sit in Karonga North West Constituency should submit their nomination papers at Maghemo Sec School Hall, for Ntchisi North Constituency at Malomo TDC, Lilongwe Msinja South Constituency at Chankhandwe TDC, Zomba Changalume Constituency at St Anthony TDC, Liviridzi Ward in Balaka West Constituency at Kankao TDC, and Chitakale Ward in Mulanje South Constituency at Mulanje Council Hall.

The Chief Elections Officer urged all aspirants to take nomination papers from the mention on 7 March and have a company of not more than 10 supporters during the submission.

Alfandika said all Covid-19 preventive measures will strictly be observed.

“The Commission is further encouraging all aspirants to take their nomination papers to the above-mentioned places for pre-inspection on 7 March from 9:00 AM to 4.00PM. On nomination paper submission day, each candidate should be accompanied by a maximum of 10 supporters and these must adhere to all Covid-19 preventive measures such as putting on face masks, washing hand and observing physical distance,” said Alfandika.

Alfandika further highlighted that there will be no nomination of candidates in Nsanje Central, Nsanje North and Chikwawa East Constituencies because only those that contested in 2019 will be allowed to contest in these by-elections.

These three constituencies fell vacant following court’s nullification of 2019 results.

Verification and voter registration exercise which commenced on 22 February is expected to come to an end on 7 March.