The incumbent Chiradzulu Central legislature, Hannif O.G Issa, has withdrawn from the May 21 parliamentary race on health grounds, bringing to eight the number of remaining contestants.
Issa has been the Constituency’s independent MP since 2014.
Announcing the withdrawal on Tuesday during vetting exercise of ballot papers, Chiradzulu Central Constituency Returning Officer Chiyembekezo Mbewe, said he got the communication on the same day.
Vetting of ballot papers is a process whereby aspirants verify their names, images and symbols on the tentative ballot papers, before the final printing of the same.
Mbewe told a Malawi Electoral Commission stringer that Issa’s family decided that the MP should withdraw from the parliamentary race as he is still recuperating from his undisclosed illness.
Malawians are expected cast their votes on the 21st of May choosing Ward Councillors, Members of Parliament and a President.