Sep 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:33 AM, Sep 22, 2017
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The Malawi Electoral Commission is appealing to candidates in the October 17 by-elections to abide by the Code of Conduct for Political Parties and Candidates which they are signatory to, during the campaign period.

The candidates can officially begin campaigning today, and the period is expected to end on October 15, two days before the polls.

In a statement, signed by the Deputy Chief elections Officer, Harris Potani, the MEC urges the aspirants to observe all electoral laws and regulations during the period.

The Malawi Electoral Commission has confirmed the eligibility of 19 candidates to take part in the by-elections.

Of the 19, 15 are men and four, women.

The aspirants presented their nomination papers to the commission last Friday, in preparation for the elections set to take place in three constituencies and wards in four districts of the country.

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.

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.

Voter registration is set to begin on Thursday for by-elections to take place in three wards and three constituencies in Malawi.

A statement by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) reveals that the registration of voters, previously not registered under the commission, and verification of those already registered, will run till Monday next week.

The statement, signed by MEC’s Deputy Chief Elections Officer Harris Potani, further indicates that the registration centres will be open from 8am to 4pm, including during the weekend and on lunch hours.

Malawians eligible to register are those who have attained the age of 18, or will be of that age by October 17, the polling day.

For non Malawians, the commission states that those of the appropriate age must have been resident in the country for at least seven years, to be allowed to register.

In the capital city Lilongwe, the by-elections will take place in Lilongwe Nsozi North Constituency, Lilongwe City South East Constituency and Mtsiliza Ward.

Mayani North Ward in Dedza district and Ndirande Makata Ward in the commercial capital Blantyre will also be voting for a new councillor on the day.

The polls will also take place in Nsanje Lalanje Constituency.

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