Atupele urges DPP-UDF supporters to wait for official final Malawi election results: ‘Reported votes not correct’

With unofficial results suggesting a win for opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera in a re-run of a Malawi’s presidential polls, President Peter Mutharika’s running mate Atupele Muluzi has said DPP-UDF supporters should wait for the final official tally by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), claiming results in public domain are not correct.

Atupele Muluzi has urged the alliance’s supporters not to lose hope on their prospects of an electoral victory, considering that MEC has not officially announced a winner.

Atupele said on Friday there were “massive irregularities” noted in the elections and that the true reflection on the will of the people will come from MEC legalised declared results.

He urged DPP and UDF supporters to disregard results published on social media and wait for an official announcement from MEC.

Atupele said MEC is the only institution legally mandated to announce a winner of any national election; hence, all announcements from other stakeholders are irrelevant.

His comments comes after  President Mutharika accused the opposition of inciting violence  where DPP monitors were beaten and hacked a day before  the election after isolated incidents that the police and  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) said had not affected the election.

Atupele said they will press for “real results”.

Analysts suggest President Mutharika may be preparing to challenge the outcome in case he loses.

“I think he is preparing the political, maybe the legal ground, for losing,” Peter Fabricius of the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies said.

Editor-in-Chief of Malawi media giant Times Group, George Kasakula, speaking on Times TV at National Tally Centre in Blantyre on Friday said DPP-UDF were “looking for anti-hill where there are none,” saying the refusal to accept the results circulated by private media was “an  act of desperation.”

He said: “They should produce an image of acceptance. They should concede that Malawians have punished us.”

But the DPP-UDF alliance claims Malawi Congress Party (MCP) had already printed MEC B6 Forms which were already filled in and were delivered to the centres at night in the absence of DPP monitors.

The B6 Form for reporting to MEC was allegedly swapped in many centres. The version of B6 Form that went to MEC was set to make Chakwera win.

“As a result, in most centres the numbers of actual voters exceeded registered voters,” said Atupele.

He said DPP-UDF will accept only certified results after the Electoral Commission have carried out “their investigations thoroughly and done all the required audits of the electoral materials.”

In a media briefing earlier, MEC chairperson Justice Dr Chifundo Kachale said the commission will be updating the nation on the results at 20 percent intervals.

“The Commission appreciates how important it is to release the final results and we are doing everything possible we can to ensure that this process is concluded in time. However, this will not be done at the expense of legality of the process and quality controls,” said Kachale, a judge of the High Court of Malawi.

“Where the public feels that we are not moving at a faster pace than expected, our appeal is that you should be patient and understand that the Commission does not wish to be faulted on procedure and legality.

“The Commission expects that all stakeholders will appreciate this and stand with us,” he said.

Malawians voted on Tuesday for the country’s president in a rerun of the 2019 election that was nullified by the courts because of vote tampering.

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Mtsogoleri opanda mano
Mtsogoleri opanda mano
8 months ago

Atupele thinks Jane Ansah is still at MEC to declare Mutharika as the winner. Zavuta basi. Majority has ruled. DPP took Malawians for granted.

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8 months ago

Hope lost atupere

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8 months ago

Atupele unaluza u mp kwanu kweni kweni Koma unavomeleza kuluza . Manga apa ukukuwa mokweza bwanji Ngati Kuti unalipo pa ballot box or paper kkkkk Koma izi nzosekesa amafuna alowele pawindo mnyamata yuuu😂😂😂😂🙊

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago

”TUPE WILL PŔESS FOR REAL RESULTS!”

DPP
DPP
8 months ago

Now it is time to go back to China. Mwina this time you can come back as a professor. If it doesn’t work in China, try adadi’s Mombera in Mzimba. It is up and running!

Banda
Banda
8 months ago

Possibly crying as Flights are restricted to China what will you do Atupele

#Better MW
#Better MW
8 months ago

Didn’t your Daddy say to accept the results?

United in Malawi
United in Malawi
8 months ago

Atupele is a sore loser crying as is the decent thing to do send congradulations to both Chilima and Chakwera for good fought campaign. Atupele knows DPP spent millions on their own tally center and would have known the great loss DPP experienced soon after polling closed. This was not even close like in 2019 when there was a difference of 150,000 votes. Good he will be fired as Energy Minister and did not win as Vise President as he certainly does not have the people of Malawi at heart but his own selfish needs.

Mr. Ibu
Mr. Ibu
8 months ago

Give us a break, Mister

#Better MW
#Better MW
8 months ago

Still looking for a way to rig, huh???

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