The United Democratic Front (UDF) has announced that it will pay nomination fees for all its parliamentary and Local Government Elections candidates for the May 20 elections.
UDF secretary general Kandi Padambo confirmed the development yesterday.
Said Padambo: “Yes, Honourable Atupele Muluzi made the announcement. The candidates are being sponsored by the party because we need their commitment.”
He could not give the amount the party will fork but an online publication Nyasatimes pegged at K45 million. Padambo could not also explain the source of the money.
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) announced that presidential candidates will pay K1 million while those aspiring to contest for the 193 parliamentary seats will pay K200 000 (males) and K150 000 (female).
Candidates vying for Local Government Elections’ 462 seats are expected to pay K20 000 (male) and K15 000 (female).
Atupele is reported to have made the announcement in Lilongwe on Wednesday when he presented certificates to the aspiring candidates from Central Region.
“I want to assure you that I will do anything possible to support you and that we should win this election,” he is reported as saying.