Malawi exit poll show Mutharika may win presidential re-vote narrowly

President Peter Mutharika who is seeking a second term and is being challenged by opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera  were locked in a neck and neck race Tuesday as exit polls showed, the incumbent is likely to win narrowly in a court sanctioned fresh presidential election that was branded historic.

One of the market ballots from a voter who participated in the exit poll survey

The nearly seven million registered voters went to the polls on Tuesday, casting their votes to elect  elect the country’s President for the next five years from three candidates— Peter Mutharika of DPP, Lazarus Chakwera of MCP and Peter Kuwani of Mbakuwaku Movement for Development (MMD) .

A grouping called Anti-Voter Aparthy Network  (Avan) with help of  Nyasa Times  correspondents,  conducted an exit poll covering Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba, Mangochi,  Mulanje, Chikwawa, Ntcheu, Kasungu, Mzuzu, Mzimba and Karonga.

Immediately after voters exited the polling stations, they shared why they preferred specific candidates.

Some voters  said they voted for  “the devil they know” but they  feel unemployment and corruption  are key issues the President should address immediately after elections.

The exit poll showed Mutharika receiving 51.4  per cent of votes and Chakwera 44.3 per cent,  Mbakuwaku’s Kuwani accounting for some of the remainder.

Nearly 4 per cent of Malawians  included in the survey refused to indicate for whom they had voted in the presidential race.

Dr Jimmy Namangale, associate professor in statistics and senior lecturer in mathematics at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College in Zomba, said while he could not comment on the surveys cited without analysing the methodology, it could give a true reflection.

An election exit poll is one that is conducted immediately after voters have exited the polling stations with an objective of finding out how the respondents voted but more specifically, understand respondents demographics, voters experience at the polling centre, main reasons why they voted for a particular candidate and understand when they made a decision to vote for their favorite candidates.

However, the exit polls are notoriously imprecise, meaning the final results could still swing in either direction.

Malawi’s electoral commission (MEC) has since pledged to deliver a credible results with its chief, Dr. Chifundo Kachale asking the 6.8 million registered voters to trust that their will will be respected.

MCP—Malawi’s oldest political party which left power 26 years ago after a 31-year iron-fist one-party dictatorship led by Malawi’s first president Hastings Kamuzu Banda and UTM Party—who challenged the May 21 2019 presidential results, went to the polls to prove through this election that the previous  MEC  led by Jane Ansah robbed them of clear victory through “irregularities”.

On the other hand, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) waned  to prove that they “won” the May 21 2019 presidential election fair and square

Presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani said Mutharika “very jovial, calm and confident, saying he is looking forward to the “triumph of democracy and the will of the people.”

He is further calling upon Malawians to remain calm and orderly.

Vote counting in underway across the country and results will be declared withing a period  of eight days.

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Ernest
Ernest
8 months ago

mwagwera limodzi ndi ma survey opanda basis kuti Nyekhweeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Mateyu
Mateyu
8 months ago

You have failed just like the DPP candidate, you should consider doing other things, leave surveys to those who have tactics to do credible survey. The results are totally out of order.

Jokamu Banda
Jokamu Banda
8 months ago

What did this person smoke?

wakalekale
8 months ago

kodi anakupatsani ndalama kuti akabera aziti ndi momwe opinion poll inanenera?

Amuna Kudambo
Amuna Kudambo
8 months ago

What a shame Namangale! We know you know statistics and you taught us well. Why stoop so low because of cadetism?

Political Commentator
8 months ago

Hellow Mr Mike Fiko, how are you? Thank you for telling us your opinions……update yourself and remind us later

phillips wanga
phillips wanga
8 months ago

issues which have been written here are useless and they are coming from a dpp sympathiser

gwenenthe mwale
gwenenthe mwale
8 months ago

This is a DPP propaganda.
STUPID WRITER/REPORTER
why do you want to confuse MALAWI

chimulirenji
chimulirenji
8 months ago

nde tchekani leroli muone zomwe chakwera akupangani musova

TAC T TAC T
TAC T TAC T
8 months ago
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Hellene
Hellene
8 months ago

A choice between a well-established cheating, white-glove thief looking to line-up his pockets with bucket-loads of money while his people continue to starve to death, or a religious nut who will probably do the same thing anyway…Tough choice!

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