No winner in Malawi presidential elections without majority vote, court states

The Constitutional Court in Malawi has  stated  that the figures announced by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to declare results of the May 2019 presidential elections, none of the candidates were voted truly by majority according to the law.

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President Peter Mutharika was declared winner for  a second term with 1.9 million votes representing 38.57%, narrowly ahead of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera who came second with  1.8 million votes representing 35.41%.

UTM Party president Saluos Chilima, who was Mutharika’s deputy in his first term,  came third with just over 1 million votes representing 20.24%.

Reading the court judgement in the petition case by the opposition, Judge Healey Potani, chairing a panel of five judges,  ruled that in terms of petitioner’s plea on majority votes order,  the figures did not meet the majority votes as stipulated in Section 80 which he said was 50 plus one of total votes in terms of several candidates  contesting.

The court pointed out that country’s current electoral system for presidential elections, the plurality-based First Past the Post (FPTP) system needs reforms  and recommend reforming the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act (PPEA) that in it’s current state it doesn’t provide means of handling cases where none of the candidates has a majority vote.

Since the introduction of multiparty politics in Malawi, the FPTP electoral system has been used for the selection of the country’s president.

Under these rules, the candidate on the ballot who gets the most votes is duly elected.

Nearly 7 million people registered to vote in an election which was described as the most unpredictable election the country has ever witnessed. About 5 million people turned up for polling. A total of 74,719 votes were declared null and void.

On two another occasions, in 2004 and 2014, the president-elect gathered only about 36 percent of the votes. That is, in the latter elections, altogether 64 percent of the voters selected other candidates and their votes were thus “wasted” (i.e. valid votes that ultimately do count towards the election of a candidate).

Furthermore, the candidates coming in second have received more than 25 percent of voting support in all five elections organised since 1994 and in three of the elections; even the candidate coming in third has gathered support, above 18 percent.

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jogoda
jogoda
9 months ago

mmmmmmmm abale let love lead. izi sitipita nazo patali. our political parties should embrace inclusive development and policiies. tiyende pamozi ngati amalawi. we dont need to hate each other

Nazo Nkhani
Nazo Nkhani
9 months ago

Please enlighten me. Does the Malawian Constitution say 50% + 1 of FPTP?

Nyoloka
Nyoloka
9 months ago
Reply to  Nazo Nkhani

38% won by Peter is not 50+1 of FPTP…. 50+1 means total votes say 100 votes and you get 51 votes out of the 100 votes….. FPTP is but a simple majority, it’s a majority with less than 50% of total votes.

Peter won with simple majority as he got 38% and no one else got more than him and yet that was not 50+1 of the total votes so to say.

Nyoloka
Nyoloka
9 months ago
Reply to  Nyoloka

we are of now using FPTP if you read well, which the court is challenging that we should use 50+ because if a lot of people vote for a candidate, then Majority is okay with that president…apapa mademo with millions of people means he is not liked by most people

Chilipa Thako
9 months ago

DPP will win again come 3 july 2020 says the false prophet without passport

Guideon
Guideon
9 months ago

Bushiri amati DPP ndi MEC awina ndiye zakhala bwanji, how we can trust these Prophet of now a days.

BRAVE NORTHERNER, NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER

FEDERALISM IS TE ONLY SOLUTION. ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY IS A MUST TO AVOID CIVIL WAR. BEININ OF NEW MALAWI, FEDERALISM. VIVA FEDERALISM

Madalo
Madalo
9 months ago

Federalism or not , a northerner can only be a bootlicker .
Rest be assured that you will never rule this country .Tiyeni tidzingochedzerana m mwaubwino posabweretsa nkhani imeneyi

Gift Roy Phiri
Gift Roy Phiri
9 months ago

Free Malawi

Malawi belong to the citizens.

It is important to reform the electoral system for our country. We need multiparty electoral system that would be great for our country and this can help to choose visionary and wise leaders.50+1% is applicable, coz an elected leader should have 50+ 1% to lead.Now in the situation where no one amongst the presidential candidates have manage to get 50+1%, we need to have a backup plan in case it happens, especially when most parties got their past votes based on our regional lines. May be members of parliament should provide the backup plan for this,coz it is likely to… Read more »

Xxxxx
Xxxxx
9 months ago

On your mark, get set, go!

Hon. Nyaphapi One
9 months ago

Now let us listen to our false prophets without passports!

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