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Local government elections set for Tuesday

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Local government elections will be held on 25 August in five wards, in the districts of Karonga, Mzimba, Zomba, Mangochi and Thyolo.

Malawi Electoral Commission calls for no rallies after the campaign period closed Malawi Electoral Commission calls for no rallies after the campaign period closed

The by-elections would be held in Khwawa Ward in Karonga South Constituency, Chibanja Ward in Mzuzu City constituency, Msikisi Ward in Mangochi Central Constituency, Central Ward in Zomba Central Constituency and Luchenza Ward in Thyolo East Constituency following the death of the councilors.

People’s Party candidate Blackson Gondwe was disqualified for obtaining registration certificate fraudulently, according to MEC.

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Justice Maxell Mbendera said in a statement that the polling centres would open at 6 am and close at 6 pm or when the last person on the queue before 6 pm casts his or her vote.

Mbendera appealed to voters to observe polling procedures once they have voted until the results are released.

Campaign period was officially closed on Sunday with no party or candidate expected to hold rallies or newspapers or radio stations publish campaign messages.

“The polling procedures have not changed. When you arrive at your Polling Station, polling staff will receive you and check your details. Only when your name is found in the voters’ register, will you be allowed to vote,” Justice Mbendera said.

“Leave the station and go home immediately after voting. Do not wait for results at the centre. Polling stations are restricted areas. So do not be tempted to hang around.”

He said only registered voters in the wards where the by-elections are taking place are eligible to vote.

“These include those who registered during the May 2014 Tripartite Elections and those who registered for the first time between July 15 and 19, 2015. In case of Luchenza Ward, it also includes all those who registered for the October 7, 2014 Parliamentary by-elections. Between July 15 and 19, 2015 the Commission registered 858 new voters. Therefore we expect a maximum of 27,272 voters for these by-elections.

After tallying at the ward level the results will be transmitted to the main tally centre to be set up by the Commission in Blantyre.

The Commission anticipates to announce the results on Wednesday.

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