As voter registration and verification exercise for the June 29 slatted by-elections has kicked off, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has challenged stakeholders in Nkhata Bay Central Constituency to ensure peace ahead of the by-elections.
Speaking on saturday during elections stakeholders meeting at St. Augustine Community Day Secondary School in Nkhata Bay district, MEC Chairperson Justice Chifundo Kachale said elections are not there to divide people but rather to elect a leader.
Kachale told political parties to accept final results of the by-elections in the constituency.
“Remember there can only be one winner in an election. So, it is important for political parties to prepare their people to accept official results of the election,” said Kachale.
MEC has said there will be no new registration in the constituency as only those that had registered and cast their votes in the May 2019 tripartite elections are eligible to cast their votes in the by-election.
On her part, Nkhata Bay acting District Commissioner Beatrice Mbakaya said the council is ready for the by-elections and assured that it will engage all relevant stakeholders to ensure a free and fair election.
“We are set. All the systems are in place and we are continuing to engage all relevant stakeholders such as chiefs, security, political parties themselves among others. We are leaving no one behind,” she said.
Nkhata Bay Central Constituency seat fell vacant following Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision to nullify 2019 parliamentary election results where Vuwa Kaunda of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was declared winner, a decision which Ralph Mhone of Peoples Party (PP) challenged before the High Court and later appealed to the Supreme Court.
In the May 2019 tripartite elections Kaunda beat Mhone with a margin of not more than 7 votes.