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5 eye Lilongwe south constituency: UTM, Mbakuwaku in

Written by  Joshua Mphanda-MEC Stringer

Five candidates have expressed interest to contest in Lilongwe south constituency by-election, slated for November 5.

DPP aspirant Frank Mazizi DPP aspirant Frank Mazizi

The candidates comprise of Frank Mazizi from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Samson Phinifolo - UTM, Peter Dimba - Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Patson Mthyoka - Independent and Julius Gracian Chongwe - Mbakuwaku Movement for Democracy (MMD).


Speaking in an interview on Wednesday, Lilongwe south constituency returning officer Innocent Mkandawire described the  nomination process as a routine process the commission follows.


"The nomination process is very important because it is one of the key stages the candidates go through before the actual polling day and decides whether a candidate is eligible or not to contest," said Mkandawire.


He revealed that only two candidates from UTM and MMD had brought forms during the fresh nomination process.


"The other 3 candidates had already done so prior to the aborted 21 May  parliamentary race following the death of UTM aspirant Agnes Penemulungu and were only required to write a letter expressing their intent to contest again so we have a total of 5 candidates so far," said Mkandawire.


He also urged the candidates to be agents of peace during their campaign and co-exist with one another for the delivery of a free and fair by-election.


Group Village Headman Samuel has since appealed to the aspirants to make good of their promises when elected.


At the centre of the 5 November poll in the constituency is the pressing issue of the poor state of roads, schools and the long distance people travel to access medical care.

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