Thursday, January 16, 2014

Malawi Elections: MEC unveils dates for nomination forms presentation

As political parties are busying solving disputes arising from primary elections ahead of May 20 Tripartite polls, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has announced that it will receive nomination forms for presidential candidates at Comesa Hall in Blantyre from 10 to 14 February, 2014.The nomination forms for Presidential candidates, aspiring candidates for Parliamentary and Local Government elections will be available for collection from January 16, 2014.

However, independent presidential candidates will have to collect the nomination forms from MEC Head office in the commercial capital.MEC has since hired Constituency Returning Officers for both Parliamentary and Local Government Elections.Notice is hereby given to all registered voters, aspiring candidates and the general public that in accordance with Section 48 of the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act, Cap. 2:01 of the Laws of Malawi, the Malawi Electoral Commission shall make available to all Registered Parties contesting in the elections nomination forms for their aspiring candidates for Presidential elections from 16 January 2014.

MEC shall also receive nomination forms for aspiring Presidential candidates at Chichiri International Conference Centre (COMESA HALL) in Blantyre from 10th to 14th February, 2014 from 8am to 4pm on designated day," reads the statement in part.Nomination forms for those aspiring to stand as independent Parliamentary and Council candidates will be made available in all district commissioners' offices.

At the time of presentation of nomination forms to the returning officers, candidates will be required to sign a copy of the Political Code of Conduct to which they will be required to strictly abide with to ensure sanity during campaign period.Presidential candidates will have to pay K1 million as nomination fees, male parliamentary candidates K200,000, K150,000 for female parliamentary candidates with Council male and female candidates paying K20,000 and K15,000, respectively.

Source: Maravi Post

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