…registration, nominations date this Friday.
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) will this Friday unveil the roadmap to the 2025 elections which marks the official electoral season, as parties and candidates will start preparations for the elections expected to be held on 16th September 2025.
The tripartite elections will mark the end of five-year Tonse Alliance administration and President Lazarus Chakwera who is likely to seek his second and final term of office.
MEC communication to its social media platforms indicates that the event will be held on Friday at the BICC in Lilongwe and all stakeholders including political parties, civil society, and religious leaders have been invited to the event.
The MEC will be launching its strategic plan and unveiling registration dates, nominations dates, and the actual polling day which has been highly anticipated by both voters and those that will be gunning for elected positions of councillors, members of parliament, and the presidency.
Commissioners for the electoral body have been giving countdown messages, with Commissioner Richard Chapweteka saying of the strategy plan, “ensuring an efficient, effective, accurate, inclusive, transparent, secure and timely processing and announcement of results.”
Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano, Commissioner, who is chairing Research, Monitoring and Evaluation team, says the plan will ensure that research is addressing the body’s research priorities while Commissioner Francis Kasaila who is chairing Media and Civic education committee said the plan will give appropriate strategies for effective dissemination of voter information.
MEC Chair for Electoral Services Olivia Mchaju Liwewe pledged that, “MEC shall endeavour to put in place measures that are necessary for conducting free and fair elections,” while Commissioner Caroline Mfune says the strategic plan will ensure MEC has a mechanism for fair and efficient systems to deliver elections.
The governing Malawi Congress Party (MCP)on Wednesday said it was definite and ready to face elections which it said it will elect its leader President Lazarus Chakwera to his second term.
“Though we are yet to hold our convention, research done by the party shows that MCP delegates are geared to vote for the incumbent President of the party who is also the Head of State Dr. Lazarus Chakwera. They say despite challenges, Dr. Chakwera is not relenting when it comes to building a new Malawi by implementing countless development projects in the country,” said party publicist Ezekiel Ching’oma.
UTM publicity secretary Felix Njawala said the party was also ready for the elections, while the DPP spokesperson did not respond to our text.
The elections are likely to see President Chakwera battle it out with his deputy Saulos Chilima and if confirmed, former President Peter Mutharika for the DPP. Still on the sidelines yet to decide to include Khumbo Kachali of the Freedom Party, Atupele Muluzi of UDF, and Enock Chihana of Alliance for Democracy.
“I am consulting, when a decision is made the public will know,” Kachali told the media in Mzuzu recently.
Some members of the public are pleading with outspoken and philanthropy advocate Stanely Onjezani Kenani to give it a go after his public accountability and leadership over two disasters of Covid-19 in 2020 and Cyclone Freddy in 2023.