Written by  Elijah Phompho, MEC Stringer

The Independent candidate for Nsanje Lalanje Ward in next week's Tuesday by elections, Hussein Miraji Maunde Jaffali has said his decision to withdraw from the contest has been made in order to support the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate in the same by elections Abdulhackeem Annuary Hassan.


Jafali contested in the MCP primary elections which declared his counterpart Hassan winner a development which forced him to present his nomination papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as an Independent candidate before his withdraw.

However speaking during an interview Jafali said much as he had some reservations in the manner in which the MCP conducted its primary elections, he is still a loyal member for the party and he would want the upcoming by elections in the area to be won by his party hence his decision to withdraw.

"Its true I had initially intended to compete as an independent candidate for Nsanje Lalanje Ward in the upcoming by elections. The decision was made due to some other factors particularly in the manner in which the MCP conducted its primary elections which I also took part.

“However that did not mean that I had left the party. I am still a loyal member of the MCP. So It is after thorough consultation with the party that I have decided to withdraw from the contest. The decision has been made so that the party should enter into the race as one block", said Jafali who once served as a ward councilor for the area between 2014-2019 under the People's Party (PP) ticket.

On his part the MCP candidate for the area Abdulhackeem Annuary Hassan in a separate interview  hailed the gesture as shown by his counterpart to withdraw from the contest to give him support saying the move will help to consolidate votes for their party in the upcoming by elections.

Ironically,  another Independent candidate in the same area Henry  Seda  who competed in the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primaries  has said he intends to proceed  to contest as an independent candidate after failing to make it through during the opposition DPP primaries which declared his counterpart Gerald Paul winner.

In Nkhata Bay Central where the by elections are also scheduled to take place on the 29th June, candidates  for MCP and UTM have also withdrawn from the race,  a move which can be seen as a deliberate gesture to show their support to their Tonse Alliance partner candidate,  Ralph Mhone of People's Party(PP) who was once  served as a parliamentarian for the area.

Oftentimes whenever the country conducts elections, candidates who compete in primary elections of various political parties resorts to compete as independent candidates after being discontanted in the manner their political parties identify their candidates.

This has made political experts in the country to suggest that perhaps there is need for political parties in the country to consider improving the manner in which they conduct primary elections to prevent candidates who fail to make it during the primaries to compete as independent candidates , a development they say can help political parties to consolidate votes among their supporters during elections.

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