Atupele casts his vote, appeals for calm

Malawi’s youthful presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi of United Democratic Front (UDF) has called for his supporters  to remain calm  as voting process continues.

Addressing reporters after casting his vote, Atupele 35, said that it was a very emotional moment for him seeing a large number of people who have come to cast their vote and expressed confidence that everyone would vote by the end of day regardless of the long queues.

The election has been overshadowed by suspicions of vote rigging and the irregularities.

Atupele voting

Atupele votingi

Former president Bakili Muluzi, father to Atupele, casting his vote

Former president Bakili Muluzi, father to Atupele, casting his vote

Atupele accompanied by his wife Angella speaking to reporters after vote

Atupele accompanied by his wife Angella speaking to reporters after vote

“I am asking Malawi Electoral Commission to ensure that materials are available and on time in all the areas where these anomalies have been reported,” he said at Kapoloma in Machinga after voting at Nainunje centre.

Atupele however called for calm, saying people should have patience.

“We don’t want violence, we want peace,” he said, adding “Malawi will be able to move on again”.

Atupele added: “The most important outcome for this vote is peace.”

There are four major presidential candidates, including Atupele, who are in with a chance. The others are the DPP’s Peter Mutharika; and the MCP’s Lazarus Chakwera.

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