Following the passing of the national budget by Parliament on June 30, 2017, the Commission met on July 3 and 4, 2017 in Lilongwe to among other things, deliberate on the conduct of by-elections in three constituencies and three wards which are currently vacant.
According to the statement signed by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, Dr Jane Mayemu Ansah SC states that the Commission has resolved to conduct the by-elections on October 17, 2017.
“The Commission will hold stakeholders’ meetings on 16th August, 2017 in all the six areas to explain more details about the electoral calendar”, read part of the statement.
In coming up with the dates for the by-elections the Commission has considered the need of the electorate to have representation in Parliament and councils but also the period that it takes for funds to be transferred from the Treasury to MEC accounts.
The areas where the by-elections will take place are:
- Lilongwe Msozi North Constituency
- Lilongwe City South East Constituency
- Nsanje Lalanje Constituency Mayani North Ward in Dedza North Constituency
- Mtsiliza Ward in Lilongwe City West Constituency
- Ndirande Makata Ward in Blantyre Malabada Constituency
The statement further stated that four of the areas are where the by-elections were scheduled to take place on 6th June, 2017 but were postponed because government said funding would not be available. The remaining two areas have fallen vacant in between the period of postponement to date.