By Steve Chirombo
Chikwawa, October 9, Mana: National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust in Chikwawa and the District Commissioner, Ali Phiri, have hailed the smooth presentation of the nomination papers by candidates for the Makhuwira South Ward by-elections.
On Wednesday, candidates from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Transformation Movement (UTM), Malawi Congress Party (MCP), United Democratic Front (UDF) and one independent candidate presented their nomination papers at Livunzu Teacher Development Centre (TDC) in readiness for the by-elections.
NICE Trust Coordinator for Chikwawa District, Joseph Chamambala, said the presentation of the nomination papers went on well without hiccups and was violent free, a development he said expressed co-existence among political players in the area.
“Despite having different political party affiliations but people should co-exist. People should be able to move together and at the end of the day vote for a better candidate,” stated Chamambala.
He, however, expressed dissatisfaction at the way communities availed themselves during the verification and registration exercises.
District Commissioner for Chikwawa, Phiri said the process was smooth and hoped for a better electoral process.
“We have ensured that the election is free and credible in the sense that we have been making a lot of consultation from a word go. We have not done anything without involving the community and other major stakeholders like the parties and even the local leadership,” indicated Phiri.
He said a few candidates who did not avail themselves to the pre-checking were still more assisted.
One of the candidates, Henry Tambu for DPP among others promised improved special needs education and welfare of the elderly while calling on fellow candidates to practice clean politics.
Lenita Austin for MCP said once elected Councilor of the area she will among other things ensure provision of portable water, improved business environment and ensure robust cooperatives with enough capital.
While UTM’s Francesca Nyangulu promised to be the voice of the people.
“I promise to work hard with everyone and also provide the necessary support to government. I will represent my people quite well in order to be their mouthpiece between them and the council,” she said.
Other candidates who presented their papers included: UDF’s Issac Hodges and an independent candidate, Mary Medson.