High Temperature, Farming Mar Chikwawa By-election
Low turnout orchestrated by hot weather and farming activities along Shire river has marred voting in Makhuwira South Ward by-election in the Lower Shire district of Chikwawa.
As at 11 AM on the polling day, the district had recorded 39 Degrees Celsius.
Electorates are today electing ward councilor following death of the previous office bearer.
Presiding officers and NICE Public Trust Regional Coordinator, Christopher Naphiyo, say high illiteracy level is also disturbing the poll.
"Most people need help of a presiding officer to vote. Others are coming with cards of their wives or husbands but all in all, they are allowed to vote because their names appear in the voters register," said Naphiyo.
He added that it is encouraging that most women and the elderly are flocking to cast their vote.
There are expectations that the numbers may increase later in the day.
Independent candidate Mary Medson, Francisca Nyangulu of UTM, Isaac Hodges of the United Democratic Front, Lenita Austin of the Malawi Congress Party and Henry Tambu of Democratic Progressive Party are vying for the post.