By Blackson Mkupatira
Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has urged political parties and aspiring Members of Parliament for Dedza Central Constituency to abide by its Code of Conduct during the forthcoming by-election which is slated for November 16, 2023.
MEC Chairperson, Chifundo Kachale, made the call over the week-end during the launch of Dedza Central Constituency by-election campaign and presentation of the electoral calendar in the district.
The MEC Chairperson warned that the electoral body would not tolerate any move that undermines its obligation of providing free and fair elections and advised all contestants and political parties to refrain from attempting to rig the by-election or insult each other during the campaign period.
“We know the exact number of voters registered here and any anomaly will be noticed. Again, this time around, the law has been revised; you could be prosecuted if your conduct on the political podium is going beyond what the law permits,” he warned.
Kachale, therefore, advised all interested parties to focus on issue-based campaigning, saying castigating other people is now against the law and could undermine their role to contest in the by-election.
Oh his part, Dedza District Commissioner, Thomas Chigwenembe, advised members of the District Elections Supervisory Team (DEST) and other electoral stakeholders to work together so that the by-election is smoothly conducted.