Malawi electoral body approves 9 presidential candidates

Accepted: Peter Kuwani (right) and his running mate Archibald Kalawang’oma
Accepted: Peter Kuwani (right) and his running mate Archibald Kalawang’oma

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has approved nine out of ten candidates who presented their nomination papers earlier in the month to battle for the country’s presidential seat in May 21 elections.

MEC made the announcement in a statement released Thursday saying one candidate, Loudon Titan Malingamoyo Phiri, for National Salvation Front party, has been rejected because “he and his running mate did not meet the minimum requirements for the race”.

According to the statement which is signed by MEC Chief Elections Officer, apart from the incumbent president Peter Mutharika for the Democratic Progressive Party, some of the approved candidates include Lazarus Chakwera, leader of main opposition, Malawi Congress Party, and former president and leader for People’s Party Joyce Banda.

Among the approved nine, one is an independent candidate while the rest represent their respective political parties.

According to MEC, 24 nomination papers were collected for the presidential race but only ten presented their papers successfully from February 4 to 8 while others were rejected in the process due to their failure to meet the minimum requirements.

Nearly 6.9 million Malawians registered to vote in the May 21 tripartite elections. Enditem

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