By Tiyese Monjeza
Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) has urged political parties and aspiring candidates in March 30 by-elections to desist from violent acts.
Mec Commissioner Linda Kunje said this at St Antony Teacher Development Centre in Zomba on Friday, when she launched the by-election campaign period for Zomba Changalume Constituency.
“Candidates should focus on issues, and not personalities, and exercise utmost maturity. Candidates should be willing to accept election results, even when the results are not in their favour.
‘After the by-elections, we want to have a peaceful Malawi. Our appeal to aspiring candidates is that they should void hate speech. Political parties should also put measures to ensure that their candidates are not perpetrators of acts that may compromise the holding of free and fair elections,” Kunje said.
She also urged traditional leaders and council officials to be impartial, saying it was important that all candidates have access to all areas without any restrictions imposed on them.
Kunje further implored candidates to adhere to Covid preventive measures.
Zomba District Commissioner Smart Gwedemula said they would monitor adherence to Covid measures.
Mec is set to hold by-elections in Zomba Changalume Constituency following the death of parliamentarian John Chikalimba. It will also hold by-elections in Chikwawa East, Nsanje North, Nsanje Central, Karonga North West, Ntchisi North and Lilongwe Msinja South constituencies.