Joyce Banda to hold news conference, set to address election results

Malawian President Joyce Banda will hold a news conference at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Thursday and will be prepared to answer questions about the tripartite elections and results that have been trickling in and publicised, an aide said.

Ministry of Information said President Banda will address reporters in the morning.

Banda as Malawi’s first female President was facing her first electoral test since succeeding late President Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012.

President Banda:  To address presser
President Banda: To address presser

Her People’s Party spokesperson Ken Msonda on Wednesday said the party suspects Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of Peter Mutharika has conducted an electoral fraud.

Political observers say the polls would be one of the most tightly contested elections in Malawi since the dawn of democracy in 1994, making it difficult to predict an outright winner from among the 12 presidential hopefuls in the race.

Meanwhile voting entered its second day on Wednesday in 13 centres where polling was disrupted on Tuesday and there will be also voting in Lilongwe South West on Thursday.

Over seven million people are registered to vote for president, 193 MPs and 462 ward councillors in the country’s first-ever tripartite elections contested by about 53 parties.

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