Former Member of Parliament (MP) who is also the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate for Nkhata-bay central constituency Symon Vuwa Kaunda insists his party and followers are set for the forthcoming by-election slated for June 29, 2021 despite the uncertainty over the election.
Kaunda made the remarks in an interview Sunday 6th June, following a recent statement that was issued by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) through its Chairperson Justice Chifundo Kachale that the organization could be forced to discontinue the June 29 by-election if the issue about the four fired commissioners will not be resolved in the opportune time.
He said that as DPP in Nkhata-bay central, they have taken note of the potential development and their role is only to listen and obey and they still look forward to hearing from the electoral body for any further direction determining the election.
“We are good citizens of the country and we respect any other law of the land, we have heard the update that the election could be postponed and we are still keeping our heads up on how we are going to move from here.”
The DPP aspirant also said that there is nothing that can downplay his morale as his Party is well structured and has the strongest committee that will drum up his much-needed support.
“We know that MEC will come up with another announcement soon or later but with regards to our preparations we are always prepared as a political party which has been in existence for quite a long time and we are a grouping that is ready for an election to be set at any particular time,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kaunda recently dragged the Malawi government to the African Court on Human Rights in Tanzania over the supreme court’s verdict that nullified his 2019 triumph in Nkhata-bay central as an MP in the May 21 Tripartite Elections (TPE).
Ralph Mhone of People’s Party (PP) from the Tonse Alliance is contesting against Kaunda in the parliamentary rerun in Nkhata-bay central after losing the past nullified parliamentary election with a narrow margin of 6,418 votes against 6,412 in the constituency.