8 October 2016 Last updated at: 8:37 AM
MEC given greenlight to hold by-elections in Bembeke Ward
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) will hold by-elections in Bembeke Ward in Dedza after the body managed to vacate an injunction which was obtained by incumbent Councilor Davie Lingalawe to restrain the commission from conducting the polls.
Confirming the development, Dedza District Commissioner James Kanyangalazi told Malawi24 in an interview that MEC has has had the injunction vacated and the by-election will proceed as per MEC calendar.
Lingalawe was convicted of tampering with Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) prepaid meter at his house in Dedza so that he should not be paying electricity bills.
The court fined Lingalawe K100,000 and following the conviction the ministry of local government and rural development suspended him while MEC declared his seat vacant.
This year the commission will also be holding a couple of local government by-elections and one parliamentary by-election in Mchinji West.
The parliamentary seat in Mchinji West fell vacant following the death of Billy Kanjira Banda.
Meanwhile, stakeholders in the electoral process are calling for implementation of non-legislative electoral reforms to improve the management of future elections in the country.