Joyce Banda calls for calm, casts her vote in Malawi polls

President Joyce Banda has cast her vote at Malemia Primary School in Domasi, Zomba and urged Malawians to keep calm.

The President who arrived at the polling centre accompanied by State went to cast her vote as media took photos of her.

Speaking to journalists soon after casting her vote President Banda said he feels relieved after voting as she has been waiting to do so for a long time.

Malawi's president Joyce Banda casts her vote in Zomba
Malawi’s president Joyce Banda casts her vote in Zomba

“I’m thankful that the campaign period was peaceful and am urging all Malawians to vote peacefully today without any incident or loss of life,” she said.

The President said she hopes that many Malawians will go out and vote before the close of voting at 18:00 hours.

There were chaotic scenes at polling stations in the capital, Lilongwe, and the commercial hub of Blantyre as voting materials failed to arrive or ballot papers were sent to the wrong part of the country

Banda came to power in the landlocked, impoverished nation two years ago after her predecessor, Bingu Wa Mutharika, died in office.

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