Political alliances divide opinion

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Political analysts are expressing conflicting views on the impact of electoral alliances ahead of the fresh poll slated for 19 May this year.

The election is expected to be held using the 50 plus one system following the constitutional court’s order for such and the subsequent passing of the electoral reforms bill by parliament.

There are growing calls for the major players in the presidential poll to form alliances if they are to meet the victory mark.


Already the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has made ties with United Democratic Front (UDF) in order to boost chances of amassing a 50 plus one percent of the vote but some critics already consider the union as weak.

There have also been strong expectations among the public that the opposition UTM and MCP will form a coalition but nothing official has since come out between the two sides.

Speaking to Capital FM Chancellor College Political Scientist, Joseph Chunga stresses that none of the three major parties in the country has the capacity to single-handedly win the most votes.

He however points out that the UTM would be on the losing side should it decide to go solo.

“Neither the MCP not the UTM would get 50 plus 1 vote and this also goes for the UDF DPP alliance. It is up to them to be realistic and realize that they cannot make it on their own,” Chunga explains.


However University of Livingstonia political science lecturer, George Phiri is of the view that opposition political parties have all the chances of winning the election if they stand alone.

Phiri has told Capital FM that there is no problem in going solo.

He urges political party leaders to seek the mandate of the electorate before making any decisions.

Malawian are expected to return to the polls to vote for a president on 19 May, 2020.





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