Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has urged chiefs not to engage in politics as the campaign is underway in Lilongwe North West Constituency.

MEC Commissioner Jean Mathanga said this when she presided over an interface meeting the electoral body organized with traditional leaders on the voter and civic education campaign.

Mathanga who also chairs the electoral services committee said this after observing that most of the political violence that occurs stem from chiefs picking sides.

She also called upon the traditional leaders to act as a go-between and always side with justice for unity to prevail beyond elections.

Concurring with Mathanga, Senior Group Village Headman Msinde described the message as timely and will equally support all aspiring MPs

The meeting took place at Majiga primary school in Traditional Authority Khongoni and brought together chiefs from Lilongwe North West Constituency ahead of 10 November by-election.

A total of seven candidates are vying for the parliamentary seat formerly held by Lazarus Chakwera before his election as president of Malawi on June 23.