Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika re-elected for second term: Declared winner officially

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has been declared the winner of the southern African country’s second tripartite elections held on May 21, against a backdrop of political violence  as results delayed with a court injunction and opposition claims of vote-manipulations.

Mutharika and his State vice president-elect Everton Chimulirenji

Mutharika,  a candidate for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won with just under 51 per cent of the vote. He polled 1 930m votes representing 38 percent, to 1 781m votes  representing 35.41% percent for his main rival Malawi Congress Party (MCP) torchbearer Lazarus Chakwera. On a distant third, former vice president Saulos Chilima polled 1,018,369 votes representing 20.24 percent .

Announcing  the results, MEC chairperson Jane Ansah told a  packed Comesa Hall where the national tally centre is located , said to ensure the credibility of the results, the Commission made an undertaking to give all political parties the scanned sheets from all polling stations  so that they can cross check with their monitors if there were any discrepancies.

“The purpose was that if they find an anomaly they should lodge a complaint with the Commission.

“However, we saw the tendency that political parties rushed to the media instead of approaching the Commission. This tendency does not resolve matters. As we have witnessed, it only fuels public anxiety and heightens fear and panic among the public,” said Ansah.

She said the  Commission had put in place several stages of crosschecking the results and had answers and justifications to almost each and every query out there.

Ansah declared that the presidential elections to be “free and fair” saying, the results are “true reflection of the will of Malawians.”

She said instead of parties presenting the complaints to MEC, they were being shared to the media.

In Lilongwe the opposition MCP stronghold,  many people expressed their disappointment.

“DPP must rule the country forever,” said Atwell  Mbango. “It’s pointless to have elections here.”

Chakwera has already rejected any result favouring Mutharika and his MCP accused  commission’s announcement of trying to massage polling .

Ansah declared  President Mutharika the winner and Everton Chimulireni now the State vice-president.

In the May 21 Tripartite Elections, MEC registered 6 859 570 voters. From the results presented, Ansah said 19 985 votes were declared null and void.

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tosh
tosh
1 year ago

APM are not awinner, tiwona mwaba madalitso a Chakwera ,analiponso Esau mu bible anaba madalitso ankulu wake zinthu sizinkamuyendera adakhala wothawathawa, tiwona ngati dzikoli muyendese bwino

Maria
Maria
1 year ago

Malawians are being taken for granted.

Bolero
Bolero
1 year ago

Never ever will I participate in any vote in Malawi. Citizens fail to differentiate between facts and fallacies. Lost opportunity to change the nation in this election. I am convinced Malawians are very happy with the status quo.

Maria
Maria
1 year ago

We will leave everything in the hands of God.

Jane Kamanga
Jane Kamanga
1 year ago

I feel sorry for Peter Mutharika, ndikuona ngati a Malawi tikumuzunza munthuyu wakalamba. Akuchita kuonekeratu kuti mphavu alibiretu.

Nalingula
Nalingula
1 year ago

Mmalawi is like your Child osaziwa masamu kuyesera Part Time…olo kumangobwerabe ndi 2 pa ten…Iye Zomwe amatoziwa ndi Kulemba Zimangirizo…Ndie Zitolembedwatu Pano mpaka 2024.Didn’t we Tell each Other Here kuti Osatengeka ndi Team B mugawapo Mavoti?Koma Olo titakuwa Chotani iyeyu Sangakhoze masamu…Ngouma Mutu.

Toka
Toka
1 year ago

Jane Ansah is DPP. Did u see the color of dress she put on yesterday? Did u notice the way she stood up and rushed when she got communication that the injunction had been lifted freeing her to announce the results? Pang’onopang’ono akanagwatu. Kuopa kusanza ma million adyedwawo.

Toka
Toka
1 year ago

I will never vote again in Malawi as long as am alive. How can someone be declared a winner with tippexed results??? How can someone be declared a winner when there are so many unresolved issues and irregularities with overwhelming evidence??

Mamane
Mamane
1 year ago

Reflection:
DPP rigged and we are in for more trouble.
Now we wait to see APM and ana a dad finish their Singapore. They started building villages which are going to turn into Singapore while the rest of us remain in poverty.

I blame the opposition.
If you had merged today Malawi would have been a good day. Greediness has robbed Malawians an opportunity to get rid of evil dpp.

Yonas
Yonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Mamane

Just right, greed of opposition…let DPP carry the day a d you shut up with your dyela, a malawi tilipo angati mpakana kunyotsolerana timavoti ta opposition….??? Leave with and let APM rule…Congrats DPP mwatchaya ndale

Anonymus
Anonymus
1 year ago

This is so unreal. The country has once again been given to dogs

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