The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has warned all political actors against violent acts that could jeopardize by-elections scheduled for 15 December in Mangochi and Phalombe districts.
MEC Chairperson Chifundo Kachale made the remarks in Lilongwe when the commission was updating the press on the state of preparedness as well as relaunching of by- elections.
The commission is expected to hold by-elections in Mangochi West, Mangochi North East and Phalombe North following nullification of results by the courts which cited numerous irregularities.
According to Kachale, the commission is working with security agents to ensure that perpetrators of electoral violence face the long arm of law.
Said Kachale: “we believe that the way to win votes is not through intimidation or violence but rather through persuasion and having an agenda that appeals to the prospective voter.”
Kachale further highlights that the commission is working tirelessly to hold elections whose results will be accepted by all.
He points out that MEC will be engaging all political stakeholders, traditional leaders as well as religious leaders to try and implore on them on the need for clean and violent free by-elections.
“We want to have an electoral process that will be decided by votes and not the amount of violence that one is able to master.
“If there will be any attempts by anyone to disrupt the by elections through any means, criminal law agencies will do their job,” warned Kachale.
In Phalombe North constituency, two candidates namely Anna Kachikho of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and independent candidate Patrick Million have since informed the commission that they have withdrawn their nominations and will not be contesting in the by-elections.