Malawi exit polls show tight race: Mutharika advantaged by incumbency

President Peter Mutharika who is seeking a second term and is being challenged by his deputy, Saulos Chilima, the leader of biggest opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Lazarus Chakwer  were locked in a neck and neck race Tuesday as exit polls showed no clear winner in an election that was branded watershed.

Mutharika hopeful to be re-elected
Mutharika ‘s running mate Everton Chimulirenji accompanied by his wife voted in Ntcheu

The nearly seven million registered voters went to the polls on Tuesday, casting their votes to elect a president, members of parliament and local government councillors.

Nyasa Times  correspondents with help of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) stringers,  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.

Most voters considered development agenda, cost of living, education and unemployment while deciding on who to vote for.

Voters feel unemployment and corruption  are key issues the President should address immediately after elections.

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.

President Mutharika is seen – in the Nyasa Times exit polls – to be way head of the Chakwera  and Chilima and chances are he will most certainly be given a new mandate to govern.

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. Jane Ansah asking the 6.9 million registered voters to trust that their will will be respected.

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muziona mwakula mwata adad ndi ndameneo

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woza koma kumeneko

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Akunjenjemera akaona adadi, zitukuko zawo migolomigolo

dalo
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dalo

Chilima i have respect for you 10 month old party mu mbiri ya dziko la malawi to gain so much its not easy,zikavuta apa osadanda man.

Silica gell
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Peter has an edge over Chakwera, lets not be in denial. Chilima is out of the race. Chilima tinakukonda koma let’s respect the majority vote.

Jef
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Where is Idiot? How many albino will be slaughtered if idiot wins?

Telon
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Both Mutharika and Chilima are trailing badly.

ndatopa
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ndatopa

Mutharika is trailing badly!

Pindolo
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Pindolo

Which radio are you listening to?

Noxy
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Exactly my observation

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ZOTI ADAD AKULAMULIRANSO SIMUKUDZIWA