Opposition Democratic Progressive Party-DPP and the United Democratic Front-UDF are set to defend their parliamentary seats in the fresh elections for Nsanje and Chikwawa districts.
Last week, High Court judge Sylvester Kalembera, nullified the 2019 election results for Chikwawa East including that of Nsanje North and Central constituencies over irregularities.
The judgment came after 3 Malawi Congress Party-MCP contestants challenged the results.
The constituency in Chikwawa was until the time of the court judgment under Sam Khumbanyiwa of the UDF while Nsanje Central and North were under the DPP’s Francis Kasaira and Esther Mcheka Chilenje.
Yusuf Mwawa who is the Acting Spokesperson for the UDF is optimistic that the party will manage to retain the seat.
“We will field a candidate and we are hoping that he will make it as he did in 2019,” Mwawa said.
Mwawa also hinted that they have already started wooing support for their candidate to win back the seat.
“We have already started. There are people on the ground who are working towards galvanising support from the bases and we are very serious about it,” he added.
On their part, the DPP through their interim Spokesperson, Brown Mpinganjira, say they will exercise their right to contest in the constituencies.
“We won in the 2 constituencies but we have been forced to go back to the people. This has happened before (In Phalombe and Mangochi) but it never changed anything so we are set,” said Mpinganjira.
While expressing optimism to win in all the 3 constituencies, early this week, the MCP through its National Campaign Director Moses Kunkuyu hinted on strategizing on how best to campaign in the 3 constituencies.
Meanwhile, the Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC is yet to declare its latest stance regarding fresh elections in the three areas.
Immediately after the court ruling last week, MEC, through its Media and Public Relations Director, Sangwani Mwafulirwa told Capital FM that they will honour the judgment in conducting the elections in the stated 60 day period.