Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has disclosed that by-elections for all Constituencies and Wards that fell vacant after the May 20 tripartite election and where these election were called off will be held on October 7.

MEC Chief Election Officer Willie Kalonga disclosed this in a Statement issued last week.

According to the statement, Kalonga said MEC will today Monday hold stakeholders’ meetings to launch the electoral calendar for the by-elections of Constituencies and Wards as follows;

Thyolo East Constituency at Goliati Primary School, Blantyre North Constituency at Mdeka Primary School,Lisanjala Ward in Machinga Likwenu Constituency at Machinga LEA School,
Kandeu Ward in Ntcheu North East Constituency at Ganya Teacher Development Centre (Kandeu),Lifupa Ward in Kasungu West Constituency at Chankhozi Teacher Development Centre, Mbalachanda Ward in Mzimba Central Constituency at Mbalachanda Teacher Development Centre and Zgeba Ward in Karonga Nyungwe Constituency at Majaliro Teacher Development Centre.

According to the revised 2014 by-elections stakeholder calendar, events prior to the by-elections include briefing sessions for district commissioners (DCs) on updates and nomination.

Although this is the case, various stakeholders in the country have expressed doubt if Malawians will turn out in large numbers to take part in these elections citing irregularities that marred the may 20 election being the hindrance.

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