Malawi’s major donors, the United States and Britain are calling for a level playing among all political parties
They are urging political parties to be civil towards each other as they campaign ahead of the by-elections next month, and in the run up to the 2019 polls.
According to the donors, Malawi has a good democratic record which makes it a model for Africa and beyond.
In a joint statement, representatives of the two diplomatic missions indicate that they are in support of preparations for another round of democratic elections in the country.
Edward Monster who is the public affairs Officer at the US Embassy said. “as Malawi’s development partners we support Malawi’s preparations for the upcoming by-elections and also the 2019 elections.”
“We urge all political parties in Malawi to respect the rights of their opponents to both stand for elections and campaign freely,” Monster added.
Holly Tett, the British High Commissioner emphasised on the importance of not only the by-elections but also the 2019 general elections.
The commissioners also mentioned on the need for all Malawians to remain peaceful during both elections.
Malawi will be holding by-elections next month in three ward and three constituencies.
In Lilongwe, the by-elections will take place in Lilongwe Nsozi North Constituency, Lilongwe City South East Constituency and Mtsiliza Ward.
Residents of Mayani North Ward in Dedza and Ndirande Makata Ward in Blantyre will also be voting for a new councillor on the day.
The polls will also take place in Nsanje Lalanje Constituency.