With just a week before people of Nsanje Lalanje vote in parliamentary by-election, there seems to be calm in the constituency after days of ugly scenes involving followers of aspirants, according to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).
During a political debate last week organised by Nice Trust at Bangula Trading Centre, MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said issues of violence were resolved and hoped all concerned parties will stick to the agreement.
Violence perpetrated by youths suspected to be from the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) reared its ugly head, resulting in injuries.
But spot checks at Bangula, Phokera and Sorgin—hottest spots in the constituency—showed that peace has returned with aspirants campaigning freely.
Last week, Nsanje district commissioner Gift Lapozo summoned leaders from MCP and DPP to a meeting where he warned that he would hold them accountable if their followers continue with violence.
National Initiative for Civic Education Public Trust (Nice) also convened a separate meeting for Multiparty Liaison Committee where leaders from the two parties were asked to advise their youths not to engage in violence.
In an interview on Thursday, Lapozo said he hoped peace would be maintained before, during and after the by-elections.
About 25 958 people are expected to cast their ballots in Nsanje-Lalanje by-elections.
Nsanje Lalanje has three aspirants—Gladys Ganda (DPP), Lawrence Sitolo (MCP) and independent candidate Winnie Wakudyanaye.
The October 17 by-elections are being held in the constituency following the death of legislator Sam Ganda. n