MEC postpones Lilongwe South Constituency By-Elections

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By Justin Mkwewu

The Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC has postponed by-elections in Lilongwe South due to violence and intimidation in the constituency.

According to a statement signed by MEC Chief Elections Officer Sam Alfandika, the environment in the area has been volatile ever since the opening of official campaign period.

 “The Commission and staff have also been victims. On October 25, 2019 one of the MEC Commissioners was blocked and stoned while on a Campaign monitoring exercise. Secretariat staff who were putting up posters”, reads part of the statement.

This has affected participating parties and MEC officials.

The statement also reveals that on 27th October, 2019 the Commission received other reports from various stakeholders in the constituency that some people were assaulted and their houses and property burnt and looted.

Alfandika has since indicated that the electoral activities have been put on hold in the constituency until further notice.

“This is to safeguard life and property of the people in the constituency and also MEC. Meanwhile, the Commission will engage with the leadership of contesting candidates and be monitoring the situation on the ground”, Says Alfandika in the statement.

The commission has indicated that it is monitoring the situation and has given assurance that once there is an improvement, the MEC will announce a new date for the polling.

MEC is however working on engaging the leaders of the parties that were taking part in the by election.

Meanwhile, the by-elections in Matenje Ward will proceed as planned with official campaign period closing November 3, 2019 ahead of the poll on November 5, 2019.

 

 

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