The Electoral Commission in Malawi has only 16 out of 54 registered political parties had requested nomination papers for the May tripartite elections. EC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa could however not name the parties that have collected the papers from the electoral body through the Centre for Multiparty Democracy- CDM.
The parties were advised to communicate the quantity of nomination papers they want to the CMD and CMD relays the number to MEC which processes the forms for the party,” said Mwafulirwa.The commission earlier stated that all candidates who will contest on a political party ticket should get nomination forms from their Secretary General who also have to endorse the nomination of their candidates. According to Mwafulirwa, the commission is expecting all 54 registered political parties to collect the papers since a key purpose for any political party is to contest in elections.He however said collection of nomination papers is not compulsory hence cannot force the parties to collect the forms.
Submission of nomination papers will be from 10 to 14 February 2014 and all parties should collect the nomination forms before then…these parties should also submit all unused or cancelled nomination forms,”
Mwafulirwa.A total of 193 constituencies and 462 wards are expected to be competed for in the May tripartite elections.
Source: Malawi Voice