PP maintains Mutharika elected with ’ghost votes’

Former president Joyce Banda governing People’s Party (PP)has maintained its stand that President Peter Mutharika election victory was “bogus”.

PP acting secretary general Paul Mauldi said the party stand is that elections were not credible and Mutharika was ushered in power through electoral fraud which were not resolved.

Mauldi claimed “massive rigging” of the polls marred by so many irregularities.

Maulidi:  The votes were stolen to aid Mutharika's victory
Maulidi: The votes were stolen to aid Mutharika’s victory

PP spokesman Ken Msonda said on Wednesday that the party will not lodge a court battle against the election results, opting to go for “political solution” in rebuilding the party.

He said Banda “did not lose the elections” but conceded defeat because Malawi was facing major uncertainty and she wanted to avert a crisis.

Dr Blessings Chinsinga, a political analyst based at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, noted the elections were “chaotic.”

Banda, the country’s first female President, came to power in 2012 after the death of Bingu wa Mutharika, the elder brother of Peter Mutharika.

She becomes Malawi’s shortest tenured president having served for only two years.

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