The Malawi Electoral Commission on Thursday, 06th September 2012 launched the campaign for the forthcoming Mzimba Central and Mzimba Southwest by-elections which are slated for October 9, 2012.
Com. Chinkwita Phiri
The campaign period was simultaneously launched by MEC Chairperson Justice Dr Anastasia Msosa, SC in Mzimba Southwest at Edingeni and Commissioner Reverend Emmanuel Chinkwita-Phiri in Mzimba Central Constituency at Kapiri.
The campaign will end on 7th October 2012 at 6AM.
In his remarks Commissioner Rev. Chinkwita-Phiri urged the contesting candidates to refrain from uttering defamatory remarks during the campaign if the elections were to be deemed free, fair and credible.
“As Commission, we feel talking ill of fellow candidates is not a tool for winning the elections, rather, one would discredit him or herself hence we expect a clean game that is free from violence and bad remarks,” said Chinkwita-Phiri.
Chinkwita-Phiri observed that use of defamatory remarks will not only bring hatred among candidates but may also lead into violence, something the electoral laws do not tolerate.
At the same function all contesting candidates signed for a code of conduct as a symbol of commitment that they will abide and stick to the rules of fair campaign.
For the purposes of civic and voter education a mock poll was conducted to instill contesting candidates and electorate with knowledge on the polling process.
Contesting candidates in Mzimba Central Constituency are Aram Wedson Mdala Beza of Peoples Party (PP), Owen Mkandawire of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Bonfacio VVK Chidumayo Ngulube of New Rainbow Coalition (NARC), Enita Njolwa of Alliance for Democracy (Aford) while Mabvuto Joseph Kachali and Dennis Kandodo Mvula will run as independents.
In Mzimba Southwest the contesting candidates are Lonard Chavula of Democratic Progressive Party, Baxter Revival Manzunda, Raymond Chatima Nkhata of Peoples Party and James Nthara who is standing as an independent. Mec