Peter Mutharika presents nomination papers, names Airtel-Malawi’s Managing Director as running-mate
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Arthur Peter Mutharika has presented his nomination papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission this morning at the COMESA Hall in Blantyre.
Mutharika has since named Airtel-Malawi Managing Director; Saulos Chilima, as his running-mate for the May 20 Polls.
There was heavy jubilation and celebration at the venue as DPP supporters chanted endlessly in support of their leader.In his remarks, Mutharika said he was ready and geared for the Presidential battle, saying no person should be denied the right to either contest or support any candidate, for any reasons.
“I ask all people in this country not to use manipulation to deny people the right to elect the candidate of their choice,” he said.
Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera stressed that the Commission was ready to not only administer the polls but also ensure the entire electoral process is done in a professional manner.
Presentation of the nomination papers will continue until Friday this week. Meanwhile 12 presidential candidates have confirmed participation while two independent candidates have withdrawn from the race.
A total of 7.5 million Malawians registered to vote in the first ever tripartite elections.