Malawi’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president, Professor Peter Mutharika has emerged winner of the May 20, 12-candidates presidential race in the southern African country, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) made an official announcement Friday night.
MEC chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera, pointed out that some Commissioners expressed reservations about the results but said “the rule of law compels us to release the results.”
Mbendera said “the democratic right of Malawians to elect their leaders is sacrosanct and must be respected.”
MEC declared Mutharika, the 74-year-old brother of the late former president Bingu wa Mutharika, duly elected as the President of the Republic of Malawi with 36. 4 percent win followed by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarous Chakwera with 27.8 percent and the outgoing president Joyce Banda 20.2 % on third and UDF’s Atupele Muluzi on fourth with 13.7 percent .
In congratulating the winner, Mbendera advised:”Be honest and accountable to all people you represent.”
He added: “Malawians believe you can make a difference. Do not mistake their support as permission to be unyielding.”
They were in jubilant mood by DPP supporter at the National Tally Centre in Blantyre after the victory announcement.
Nyasa Times correspondents said supporters were spilling into the streets in the evening after the announcement, singing and chanting in celebration.
According to Mbendera results of the Members of Parliament and councillors will not be released until 72 hours.
According to Commissioner Rev. Emmanuel Chimkwita Phiri, out of 7,475,806 registered voters there were 5,288,258 who voted representing 70.78% while 56,675 were declared null and void which is1.07%.