The United Democratic Front (UDF) is reiterating that it will go it alone in the forth coming May 21 tripartite elections following its President Atupele Muluzi collecting nomination papers from the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Tuesday.
Muluzi was the only main contender left to collect the nomination papers igniting speculations that he will be partnering the DPP whose leader Peter Mutharika had already collected the papers.
According to UDF’s Secretary General Kandi Pandambo reports of partnership with any political party are mere propaganda.
DPP and UDF have been in what they call a parliamentary working relationship since 2014.
As the May 21st elections get closer, reports have been rife all over the media that there are discussions between the two parties regarding an electoral coalition.
As if confirming those reports, yesterday the media reported that it is only Muluzi who had not collected his nomination papers among the five main contenders.
This raised the bar of speculations as people took it as an indication that Muluzi will be Mutharika’s running mate.
But before close of business on Tuesday, the UDF leader decided to silence those rumors as he walked to MEC Headquarters to collect the papers.
Speaking to Capital FM, UDF Secretary General Kandi Padambo disclosed that it was not Muluzi who delayed to collect the papers but rather, some officials at MEC hadn’t been available in their offices.
“We have collected the forms and there is no coalition with any political party.”
Padambo went to refute rumors that there have been discussions between the DPP and UDF about a coalition.
“I must dispel the assertation that The UDF has been in talks with the DPP for a possible coalition, we have had no such meeting,” Kadamba stressed
MEC’s Director of Media and Public Relations Sangwani Mwafulirwa, however, told Capital FM that collection of nomination papers is not a guarantee that someone is a candidate for a certain party.
He says they have had issues in the past where nomination papers were collected but a candidate failed to stand for a particular political party.
Meanwhile, Malawians are keeping their fingers crossed as the political arena ahead of the May 21st elections unfolds.