Parties ready for ‘muted’ campaign


By Isaac Salima:

Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) is today expected to officially launch the campaign period ahead of July 02, 2020 Presidential Election, with political parties already strategising on how they will fulfill the task.

The campaign is expected to run for two months and Mec spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa could not confirm if they will hold a national ceremony to mark the launch in light of restrictions on gatherings sanctioned by the government due to the Covid-19 outbreak.


“As you are aware that there are restrictions on public gathering, the commission will communicate on how the launch will be conducted,” he said.

According to a calendar of events that Mec released recently, the commission was supposed to launch the campaign last Sunday but the calendar has undergone some adhoc adjustments along the way.

The campaign begins as presidential candidates are yet to present their nomination papers.


Political parties should however brace for an unusual campaign period in the country’s history as they are prohibited from holding public rallies in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Campaign Director Moses Kunkuyu said his party was geared for the campaign.

“We will use all available means to reach out to our followers. However, our message to the people of Malawi remains that of giving them hope. They have suffered for so long and we have brought them hope. We will try to use other available means to reach out to Malawians across the country,” Kunkuyu said.

UTM Secretary General Patricia Kaliati, whose party is in an alliance with MCP, said her party looks forward to a smooth campaign but called for a level playing field.

“We know that there are some restrictions which have been put because of the Covid-19 pandemic but it is unfair for them to be applied selectively. We don’t want to see other parties adhering to the restrictions while others are freely holding rallies,” Kaliati said.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson Nicholas Dausi reserved his comment on the matter.

In the wake of Covid-19, government imposed a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people, effectively dashing hopes of all political parties of conducting public rallies that tend to draw thousands of their supporters.

Mec says it will receive nomination papers from presidential candidates and their running mates on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

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