Chairperson for the Commission Dr Jane Ansah said it is a requirement of the law that the Commission determines the sum payable at least 6 months before the nomination and publish the sums determined in the Gazette, on the radio and in at least two newspapers in general circulation in Malawi.
Dr Ansah further advised the political parties to first adhere to the law and nominate candidates that are eligible since the Commission will disqualify any candidate that does not meet the set laws governing nomination of candidates running for various positions.
“It must be emphasized that eligibility for nomination to contest as candidates as President, Member of Parliament or Councilor is governed by law. The law provides for who is eligible or not. Therefore, it is advisable that the candidates you choose should be eligible to contest,” said Dr Ansah.
Candidates running for the presidential seat are expected to pay MK2 million, those for Member of Parliament seat will pay K500,000.00 for male candidates and K250,000.00 for female candidates while the local council elections are pegged at K40,000.00 for male candidates and K20,000.00 for female candidates.
Giving a report on how the first phase of the registration has fared, Dr Ansah said the issue of low turnout will be addressed by various stakeholders who will take it upon themselves to continue sensitizing the masses on the need of registering to ensure that there is an eligible voter register for the 2019 tripartite elections.
“Comparatively, the voter registration exercise in phase one represents about 89% of people registered when compared to 2014 voter registration figures for the districts in phase one. There are a number of factors attributed to the less than 100% registration figures such as the registration of voters in accordance with the law.
“It has been appreciated that the system of registration adopted by the Commission is very fast which is a plus in terms of wooing people to present themselves for voter registration,” she said.