15 aspiring candidates in November 10 by-elections have presented nomination papers in Mangochi north east, Karonga central and Phalombe north.

Six aspiring candidates presented the papers in Mangochi north east, five in Karonga central and 4 in Phalombe north.

The first candidate to present his nomination papers in Phalombe was an independent shadow MP Wilfred Litipa, followed by DPP candidate Mavuto Bokosi, independent shadow MP Promise Salima and UTM’s aspiring candidate Justine Mokuwa.

In Mangochi west the candidates are Semion Harrison of MCP, Dickson Mtambalika of Mbakuwaku Movement for Democracy, Henry Chikondi Kamtedza- independent, Joyce Chikumba-independent, Geoffrey Chiwondo-UTM and Reuben Kanyama- DPP.

However an independent candidate Beatrice Ngaunje has withdrawn from contesting in Mangochi West constituency due to personal reasons.

On his part, MEC constituency returning officer, William Mputa urged the candidates to champion peace throughout campaign period.

“The candidates should choose literate monitors during the election to competently follow the process of the election,” Mputa said

The aspiring candidates in Karonga central who presented nomination papers are independent shadow MP Florence Nthakomwa, UTM Party candidate Frank Mwenifumbo, DPP shadow candidate Ernest Mwalughali and MCP candidate Mwalwanda.

Karonga District elections coordinator Paul Kalilombe hailed the five candidates and their supporters for observing peace and appealed for issue based campaign for electorates to make an informed decision.

The by elections will be held after High court nullified results of parliamentary elections, deaths of councilor and MP as well as Dr Lazarus Chakwera’s election as president.