Early results show Mutharika, Chakwera neck-and-neck in Malawi election

Early results trickling in from Malawi court-sanctioned fresh presidential elections show President Peter Mutharika and his challenger Lazarus Chakwera are neck-and-neck.

Mutharika: Trailing Chakwera in the centre and north but improved votes than what he got there in 2019
Chakwera (r) with his political consultant UK-based Chris Chaima Banda 

The Malawi Election Commission (MEC) is yet to announce any results in the race for the presidency.

But results from central region  the stronghold for Chakwera show he  is taking early lead and are faring well in the north.

Mutharika is trailing but  has an improved voting tally in the central region than what he got in 2019.

This could be attributed to voter apathy in some MCP strongholds or the defections of UTM supporters to DPP prior to the elections.

Indications show it will be a close contest.

Commentators say it’s too early to be excited by any candidate.

A presidential candidate needs at least 50 per cent plus one vote to avoid a run-off.

After casting his vote in Lilongwe, Chakwera said that he had “confidence in the electoral commission to do what is right.”

“I believe that Malawians’ quest for justice is actually being answered today. And I believe their rights will be respected,” he added.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesman Nicholous Dausi said they were “anxiously waiting for the official results.”

Whoever wins the election, will have to heal these deep divisions as well as tackle key electoral issues such as corruption, poverty and unemployment.

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Panji Lungu
Panji Lungu
4 months ago

Correction: it is muthalika and mbakuwaku who are running neck to neck for the second position. The first position is already concluded, declared and sealed

Nicholous
Nicholous
4 months ago
Reply to  Panji Lungu

Very true wagwanayo bakha

Wiza
Wiza
4 months ago

Are you sure with what you have written?

Steve
Steve
4 months ago

Neck to Neck kkkkkkkkkkk

Bentby
4 months ago

Dpp is losing even in their own home ground

Hon Mirriam Gwalidi
Hon Mirriam Gwalidi
4 months ago

Nyekhwe ndipamene anthu adziwe kuti ukangosuta chamba munthu sindiye kuti wapanga qualify kukhala a journalist. Mutharika is losing mu BT, NS and Chikwawa,, Even ku Neno and Mwanza Tonse alliajce ikupanga hold ground,,

Kandulu
Kandulu
4 months ago

80% Chakwera and 20% Peter is not neck on neck to me. Chakwera is even leading in Llomwe belt by bigger margin. Mulanje, Phalombe, Chiradzulu and Thyolo. Infact in the nullified election he was also leading in these districts that was when DPP started rigging the election. They couldn’t believe it. Once more he is leading this time by a very big margin. It is over for Peter.

jonas
jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Kandulu

Join the discussionUKUNAMA…

Nyekhwe
Nyekhwe
4 months ago

what are the percentages??? where are the numbers??

Zondeni
Zondeni
4 months ago

Not true analysis

BigMan
BigMan
4 months ago

Nyasatimes, you are letting us down with this clearly misleading reporting. Where are you getting neck to neck figures? Musanduka MBC.

Nkuzilire
Nkuzilire
4 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

kkkkk koma nyasa times mabodza

Chechamba
Chechamba
4 months ago

Cadets are damn quiet. If APM really won last year, where is the neck with neck results coming from? Lilongwe, Dowa , Kasungu ,Mzimba votes are coming , do not run away.

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