The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will from today start holding its parliamentary and local government primary elections in the Northern Region
The DPP will become the second party to hold primaries after the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) which had some of its primaries marred by protests from losing aspirants.
DPP regional governor (North) Kenneth Sanga said they have already distributed names of eligible voters to candidates to avoid clashes.
DPP secretary general Grezeldar Jeffrey announced in an earlier statement that phase one of the primaries will start today, October 8 in some districts in the Northern Region, namely Karonga, Chitipa and Mzimba North Constituency.
The rest of Mzimba will be covered on October 9 while Nkhata Bay’s turn is on October 10.
Perhaps the tight race will be in Mzimba North where former Tobacco Control Commission chief executive officer Bruce Munthali and former Toyota of Malawi managing director Rosemary Mkandawire are competing.
Sanga has since pleaded with party officials who will lose in the primaries, to support the party and winning candidates.
“I don’t think we will sign a pact with the candidates to bar them from contesting as independent candidates during elections next year, what we are asking them is to accept the outcome of the results and support those that will win,” he said.