October by-election attracts only 4 women contestants

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Few women are contesting in the Parliamentarian and Local Government October by-elections according to the recent press statement issued by Malawi Electoral Commission – MEC.

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According to a statement signed by Harris Potani for the Chief Elections Officer, the commission received a total of 19 nominations from 15 men and four women from the six areas where the by-elections will take place. On the parliamentary by-election, only the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has fielded a female candidate,  Gladys Ganda for Nsanje Lalanje.

Out of four, 3 women will contest as parliamentarians and one as councilor.  Commenting on the development NGO Gender Coordination Network Chairperson Emma Kaliya has described the situation as worrisome.

In an interview with MBC, Kaliya however said her organisation has no specific programmes to encourage women to participate in the by-election due to lack of funding.

“I am aware of the number, but the issue of by-election comes in between the general election hence we don’t have active programmes to encourage women to participate in the by-election. It is really regrettable,” said Kaliya.


The October by-elections will take place in Lilongwe City South Constituency, Lilongwe Msozi North Constituency, Nsanje Lalanje Constituency where electorate will vote members of parliament, and in Msiliza Ward, Mayani North Ward and Ndirande Makata Ward for local government representatives.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Democratic Front (UDF) and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) have fielded their candidates for the elections with a few running on an independent ticket.


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