BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Mount Soche Hotel is expected to turn into a boiling pot of emotions this morning as the main opposition Malawi Congress Party and its alliance partners will be presenting their nomination papers this morning.
As usual, the commercial city has been gripped by a wave of political fever in the countdown to the ceremony which people have been waiting with bated breaths.
Even natural elements appear to acknowledge the importance of the special occasion and, cold conditions which had turned Blantyre into a mini-version of London in the week, leading to the big occasion, suddenly have given way to sunshine.
There has been much talk on who is going to lead the MCP-UTM alliance but according to the Malawi Electoral Commission, Lazarus Chakwera is likely to the carry the flag of the alliance with Saulos Chilima as a possible running mate.
The programme by Mec indicates that MCP president Lazarus Chakwera, whose party is in an electoral alliance with UTM, is expected to present his nomination papers today at 9 a.m. while President Peter Mutharika whose party sealed a deal with UDF will present his on Thursday.
While speculation has been rife that Chakwera will lead the MCP/UTM alliance and Mutharika will lead the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)/UDF alliance, all the involved parties have not clearly come out on their deals.
Mwafulirwa also indicated that the names on the list that Mec has released do not necessarily show who will lead the respective alliances as that is beyond Mec’s mandate.
“The list has been developed basing on the names given when collecting nomination papers. Who becomes the candidate is the choice of the political parties and so too who becomes the running mate,” he said.
He added that it is possible that new names can come in to be added to the list if they meet all the requirements before the last day of submitting the nomination papers.
“The commission gets to know of the actual candidates and their running mates when they present their nomination papers,” Mwafulirwa said.
MCP Secretary General Eisenhower Mkaka also maintained that Chakwera’s name on the list was only representing the alliance and not necessarily indicating forthrightly that he was leading it.
“We are still discussing the details of the alliance including who is going to lead it,” Mkaka said.
He added that Chakwera’s name was provided to Mec for formality purpose, to put it on record that the alliance will be represented at the event where the nomination papers will be presented.
Malawians are going to the fresh presidential election on July 2 after the Constitutional Court nullified the May 2019 presidential poll on the basis of what the court termed as massive and systematic irregularities, among others.