By Grace Dzuwa
BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has disqualified Loudon Titan Malingamoyo Phiri of National Salvation Front (NASAF) and his running mate Ethel Vivian Makoko on the basis that the candidate failed to provide a minimum requirement of 10 electors in any of the 28 district and instead only managed one.
This follows the release of approved names of presidential candidates that out of 10 who presented their nomination papers, disqualifying one hopeful Nasaf candidates.
In a press statement signed by MEC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sam Alfandika made available to The Maravi Post on Thursday February 14, the candidate was requested to satisfy this requirement by February 11, 2019 but has not managed to this date.
The electoral body further remind the stakeholders that a candidate can be disqualified any day before polling should the Commission become aware that the candidate suppressed material facts at the time of nomination which, if they were known, could have led to disqualification.
MEC said it has approved the nine after analyzing nomination papers it received from various aspirants.
Alfandika also said that the commission planned to released the final names for presidential elections after seven days, for parliamentary after fourteen days and local government before expiry of twenty one days from the last day of nomination.
” The commission met 13 February 2019 in Lilongwe to consider a report on the analysis of the presidential candidate,” he said.
MEC received nomination papers from Local Government, Parliamentary and Presidential Elections candidates from 4 to 8th February 2019.
Following this, the Commission met on 13th February 2019 in Lilongwe to consider a report on the analysis of Presidential candidates.
Approved presidential candidates are as follows:
Dr. Lazarus Chakwera -Malawi Congress Party (MCP)
Professor John Chisi -Umodzi Party (UP)
Mr Peter Dominic Sinosi Driver Kuwani -Mbakuwaku Movement for Development (MMD)
Dr. Joyce Hilda Banda – Peoples Party (PP)
Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima -UTM Party
Hon Atupele Austin Muluzi -United Democratic Front (UDF),
Dr. Cassim Chilumpha -Tikonze Peoples Movement (TPM)
Reverend Hadwick Kaliya -Independent
Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika – Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).