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Date:09 Dec 2013
Malawi Elections: Collection of nomination forms for 2014 polls to start in January

The nomination forms for 2014 tripartite polls will be available for collection by all aspiring candidates from January 16 to February 14 2014, the Malawi Electoral Commission has said. Aspiring candidates for Parliamentary and Local Government Elections will present their nominations at the Council Headquarters whereas Presidential candidates will have to present their nomination papers to the Commission’s offices in Blantyre. The presentations will take place from 10 to 14 February 2014, according to Mec Chairperson Maxon Mbendera.


Presidential candidates will pay K1 million as nomination fees, male candidates for member of parliament will pay K200,000 whereas female candidates will have to cough out K100,000. Male and female candidates for local government elections will pay K20,000 and K15,000, respectively. However, the nomination deposit for parliamentary and presidential candidates is refundable upon the candidate getting 5 percent or more of the total valid votes cast while nomination deposit for the candidates for Ward Councilor is non-refundable, according to Mbendera.


Speaking after opening a two day conference in Blantyre Friday, the electoral body chairperson also said administering democratic elections requires that Electoral Management Body (EMB) be visibly impartial and independent of government, opposition or other influences. This is a critical area, as the election administration machinery makes and implements important decisions that can influence the outcome of the elections. The political circumstances of the particular country, in this case Malawi, need to be taken into account when assessing the legal framework regulating electoral management bodies,” said Mbendera, adding that Mec strives for genuine administrative, political and financial autonomy whist maintaining public accountability.


Mbendera further told the conference that Mec is also collaborating with relevant stakeholders in organizing live presidential debates. Planning and preparations are underway for this. This is the first time such an initiative has been created in Malawi. This, as you will appreciate, is one way of ensuring that the contestants have an opportunity of reaching out to the masses and also to enable the public access the policies of the contestants in order to make informed decisions on the ballot.


Source : Maravi Post

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