Chief Makhuwira of Chikwawa has asked candidates in the by-election for Makhuwira South Ward in Chikwawa East Constituency to conduct an issue-based campaign.
He said this on Monday following the launch of by-election activities on Friday in his area.
“Candidates should refrain from using inflammatory language that has the potential to ignite violence,” he said.
Makhuwira asked candidates to be development-conscious by introducing initiatives that will improve people’s lives in the area.
He said: “We need more boreholes, schools and Thabwa-Livunzu Road.
“So, let the candidates sell their ideas on how these projects can be achieved instead of castigating each other.”
Speaking during the launch, Commissioner Linda Kunje of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) said the commission was ready to provide an improved electoral process.
She advised people to observe Covid-19 preventive measures during the electoral processes such as voter registration, verification and voting.
“We expect political parties to follow preventive measures during campaign rallies. The same applies to officials in registration centres,” said Kunje.
Makhuwira South Ward fell vacant following the death of councillor Mannick Gannet who was accidentally shot by a police officer in August this year.
In an interview, National Initiative for Civic Education Trust Chikwawa district civic education officer Joseph Chamambala said they will mobilise people to register in large numbers to vote in the by-election scheduled for November 10.
Meanwhile, registration centres opened on Monday in five constituencies where the by-elections are scheduled to take place on November 10. The registration exercise will close on September 28.
The five constituencies are Karonga Central, Mangochi West, Mangochi North-East, Phalombe North, Lilongwe North-West and a Local Government election in Makhuwira Ward in Chikwawa East Constituency.