MEC set 3pm Sunday to announce winner in Malawi presidential election

The country’s electoral body, Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) is expected to announce winner of the May 21 Presidential poll this Sunday May 26 in Blantyre  if the courts will accept applicate]ion by MEC to vacate an injunction obtained by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) restraining the electoral body for declaring the winner.

MEC Chairperson, Justice Dr. Jane Ansah SC:Time to declare winner

MCP wants the result announcement stayed until a recount — in the presence of representatives of political parties that contested the elections — of votes from 10 of the country’s 28 districts.

MEC spokesman Sangwani Mwafulirwa said they commission led by its chairperson Jane Ansah, a judge the Supreme Court of Malawi, will hold a press briefing at 3pm.

“This is to inform you that the next elections briefing update will be on Sunday, 26 May, 2019 at 3PM,” said Mwafulirwa.

It is expected that when MEC successful lift the injunction, the results will be announced and winner of the presidential race be declared dully elected.

Earlier results of Tuesday’s election showed Chakwera trailing President Peter Mutharika, who seeks a second five-year term.Vice President Saulos Chilima was trailing  and he told reporters in the capital, Lilongwe Saturday that the Malawi Electoral Commission should nullify the elections because vote counting had been fraudulent all across the country.

The commission did release final results from parliamentary elections on Saturday. Mutharika’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  secured 62 of the 193 National Assembly seats, while the MCP won 55 and Chilima’s UTM four. Independent legislators won 55 seats, United Democratic Front (UDF) whose President Atupele Muluzi lost a parliamentary seat has win 10 seats. Former president Joyce Banda’s People’s Party has five seats and Aford  one seat.

Preparations for the swearing in ceremony are underway at Blantyre Civic Centre offices being led by Blantyre City Council Chief Executive Officer Alfred Chanza.

Voters cast ballots for a president, parliament and ward councillors on May 21.

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Gerald Mapanga Phiri
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Gerald Mapanga Phiri

Its very strange I was hoping that MEC will not contest but support recount so that Malawians should clear the doubt. What are the hidding? Why they afraid? I was thinking that they will get to bottom of the tipex, inflation of numbers. I hope court give real hope to the voters and see how their vote ended

BANDABANDA
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BANDABANDA

DPP has won the most parliamentary seats and it deserves to win the presidency. MCP should accept it goofed again.

mwana mlomwe
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mwana mlomwe

tangoyerekezani muwone kumulumbiritsa munhtu wanuyo ndipomwe muziwire kuti kodi a malawi timakwiya eti. ifetu chomwe tikufuna ndichoti ma votes awerengedwenso basi apo biii ndiye tithana
nanu mmodzi mozdi mopandanso chisoni ndipo mukalumbiritsana muzibitsala kumphanga musaonekenso coz takhonzeka kuthana nanu magazi ayenda basiiiii mopandanso chisoni.

Phingo Walusa
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Phingo Walusa

So why is MEC rushing to vacate the injunction and not do the recount, I thought that is what they are there for? Can they give us any reason for their stance! Jane Ansah, if this is how you are betraying us, you are cursed. You being a woman I thought the cries we have had as a nation in the recent few years would have made a considerable amount of sense in your ears and you could not repeat this graveous mistake that was committed some five years ago. You are cursed, even the soil your remains will be… Read more »

Southernia
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What about if chakwera is winning what will be way forward.

Kennedy
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Kennedy

Mark my word. Jane ansah will die like mbendera. Whats the rush and why is mec deffending flaudulant elections?

Lottie
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Lottie

All that we need as a nation is a leader who has been appropriately voted into power by the people. A fraudulently elected leader will not enjoy his job. The mountain of guilt and distruct will weigh him down.

Bengo
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Bengo

tiyeni nazoni muwona polekera ndi maliseche wanuyo

Ida
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Ida

Drr Jane mmesa munkatti ndi abusa inu?

KAYA
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KAYA

I have had this question throughout the voting period including during the press conferences MEC has been convening. I have seen her putting on the pastor’s attire before and I am really surprised with her conduct during this election. Is she really a pastor? Maybe it is true kuti ………. Shame on her.

GDS
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GDS

Greed is killing this country. I don’t understand why we should rush to declare the winner. If you think you are winning on merit, why refusing a recount?

Maneno
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Maneno

What a shame! 4 million voters said no to DPP and only 1.9 million said yes and he will b sworn in.i hope the 50+1 will b sorted for good.okondwa very few olira in majority God has his way.mai ansah tears and prayers of many will will bring destruction to u and your descendants till the third generation.enjoy the corruption money but may God judge u and give u what u deserve.

mjojo wa lero
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ma hardware shop atsitse mitengo ya makasu, nkhwangwa, zikwakwa, mipini, mipeni ndi zikwanje amalawi agwiritse nchito ku minda