chief elections officer Sam Alfandika

The Commission met on Thursday, October 17, 2019 to, among other issues, review the nomination papers received from aspiring candidates on October 16, 2019.

A total of ten nominations, all men, were received in the two areas where the by-elections will take place.

For Lilongwe South Constituency, three candidates already met the criteria during the May 21, 2019 Tripartite Elections and have indicated their intention to contest where as in Matenje Ward fresh nominations for all were administered.

Having gone through all the nomination papers and supporting documents, the Commission has found that all candidates are eligible to contest. They are as follows:

Lilongwe South Constituency

Peter Dimba Malawi Congress Party (MCP) M
Julius Chombwe Grecian Mbakuwaku Movement for Development (MMD) M
Frank Namponya Mazizi             Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) M
Patson Kachingwe Mthyoka       Independent M
Samson Phinifolo UTM M

Matenje Ward, Kasungu North West Constituency

Nelson Maseko                     Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) M
Chrifford Joseph Mbewe             Independent M
Shadreck Mvula                UTM M
Vincent Phiri            Mbakuwaku Movement for Development (MMD) M
Descent Msatero Chipangula             Malawi Congress Party M

The Commission is reminding all stakeholders that a candidate can be disqualified at any point before polling if information is availed that could have led to disqualification during the nomination stage.

For one to be duly nominated to contest in elections, the law provides that he or she should;
a) Have attained the age of 21 years on the day of nomination
b) Should be a Malawi citizen
c) Should be a registered voter

Notwithstanding the above, no one is eligible to be nominated to contest in Parliamentary or Local Government Elections, if the person:
a) Has been adjudged or declared to be of unsound mind;
b) Is an undischarged bankrupt having been declared under a law of the Republic;
c) Has, within the last seven years, been convicted by a competent court of a crime involving dishonesty or moral turpitude;
d) Owes allegiance to a foreign country;
e) Holds, or acts, in any public office or appointment, except where this Constitution provided that a person shall not be disqualified from standing for election solely on account of holding that office or appointment or where that person resigns from that office in order to stand;
f) Is a serving member of the Defence Force or Malawi Police Service; or
g) Has within the last seven years, been convicted by a competent court of any violation of any law relating to election of the Members of Parliament of Ward Councillor.

In view of this, the Commission is encouraging members of the public to come forward if they have justifiable evidence or information challenging the eligibility of the above-listed candidates.

The information will be treated in confidence and should be submitted in writing stating name of candidate and specific eligibility criterion not met.

Should you need further clarification, please contact our Director of Media and Public Relations, Sangwani Mwafulirwa on 0 999 274 304 or email

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