9 February 2014

Malawi: Ll District Council Appeals for Peace During Presentation of Nomination Papers

The Lilongwe District Council has appealed to political parties to observe discipline as candidates present their nomination papers to the council offices next week.

Speaking at a District Multiparty Liaison Committee on Friday, the council's Director of Administration, Peter Dokali advised political party representatives to ensure that both their aspiring Ward Councilors and Members of Parliament desist from violent behavior during the exercise.

He said the candidates will be presenting their nomination papers to the council through Constituency Returning Officers who will be at the council headquarters from Monday February 10 to Friday, February 14.

"Experience has shown that there is a lot of excitement among different political party supporters and even the candidates themselves which sometimes lead to chaotic scenes as they crash with their rival party supporters, as Lilongwe district council we would like to appeal to the parties to desist from any acts of violence," said Dokali.

He asked the political party representatives to indicate to the council their party's preferred date and time for their candidates to present their nomination papers to avoid crashing with other party candidates.

Each party has been allocated two hours to have its candidates present their nomination papers.

District Elections Officer, Emmanuel Mpamba said Monday, February 10 has been allocated to all independent aspiring Ward Councilors and Members of Parliament.

He said there are a total of 55 independent candidates who collected nomination papers from his office.

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) indicated at the meeting that its candidates will present their papers on Tuesday, February 11 at 10.00 am, the United Democratic Front (UDF) candidates will present their papers on Wednesday, February 12 at 10.00 am while United Independence Party (UIP) candidates will present their nomination papers on the same day starting from 2.00 pm.

National Salvation Front (NASAF)'s candidates will present their nomination papers on Thursday, February 13 at 9.00 am with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidates presenting their papers from 11am while People's Progressive Movement (PPM) candidates will present from 2.00 pm on the same day.

Ruling People's Party (PP) candidates will present their papers on Friday, February 14 from 10.00 am. Other political parties are yet to indicate their preferred dates and time.

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