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.
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