BLANTYRE–Over 100 contestants are expected to contest for positions during the forthcoming opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) convention where delegates are expected to nominate the party’s 2014 presidential candidate and chose the party’s national chairperson.
The convention, expected to cost K35 million, will take place at Comesa Hall in commercial capital Blantyre, Malawi.
The party distributed the nomination forms a fortnight ago with a contention fee of K50, 000 for presidential seat, K10, 000 for other positions.
Four people, namely Moses Dossi, Atupele Muluzi, Saizi Bwanali and George Nga Mtafu collected nomination forms for president.
On the other hand, about 100 people collected nomination forms for party national executive positions which include national chairperson, first and second vice national chairperson, treasurer, general secretary, among others.
Speaking in an interview with MaraPost Wednesday, Chairperson of the Organizing Committee Lillian Patel said there are 50 positions that should be filled by delegates, come October 31.
Patel said they are expecting over 2, 400 delegates and that “every corner of Malawi will be represented.
“Convention is the right forum where delegates endorse party leaders and this time around delegates will have to fill 50 constitutionally recognized positions.
“Everybody is free to contest,” said Patel.
However, she said Mtafu and Bwanali are yet to hand in the nomination forms to the party’s secretariat.
“We have received presidential nomination forms from Dossi and Atupele, the other two haven’t,” Patel told MaraPost.
She said preparations are at an advanced stage, stating that the organizing committee is working around the clock to ensure that everything is order.
Meanwhile presidential hopeful Moses Dossi says people have overwhelmingly supported his candidature and that he is set to face other aspirants, Atupele, Bwanali and former education minister Mtafu.
He said he managed to get the signatures of 75 supporters with great ease, an indication that supporters are interested in him.
“I got the signatures from across the country. Three quarters of the signature I got from the northern region. All in all, supporters were readily available to jot down their signatures,” said Dossi.
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