Voting underway in Malawi presidential do-over vote: Chilima casts ballot early, no hurdles

Malawians on Tuesday morning started casting their votes in the country’s historic court-sanctioned fresh presidential election  with  Vice President who is running mate for Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera  casting  his vote at St. Augustine Parish on Area 18 Lilongwe  early where he expressed satisfaction with the voting setup and process.

Chilima accompanied by his wife up early for voting
Chilima voted with no hurles this times around

Polling stations opened at 6 am local time (0500GMT) and will close at 6 pm local time (1700GMT).

Mutharika seeks a second five-year term. He faces two other candidates —main opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera and little-known Peter Kuwani — in a race that is too close to call for Mutharka and Chakwera.

The fresh presidential election will be the first in the country to be determined using the 50-percent-plus-one system following the court’s interpretation of majority in Section 80(2) of the Constitution. Previously, winners were declared President based on simple majority or first-past-the-post.

Speaking after casting his vote, Chilima, said unline last year when his name went missing this time around he had no hurdles and that all looks to be a credible process.

“This to me simply means the system us working and I am happy to have exercised my right to vote,” he said while accompaned by his wife Mary.

“I have been here for less than five minutes and I am done. So far so good and we can’t create stories everything seems well.” he added.

Chilima said he hopes everything will work smoothy and that there will be no ‘electoral disputes at the end.

“Last year’s elections were a lesson to Malawi,” said Chilima.

In the elections, President  Mutharika, who wants a second term, is up against Chakwera, who heads a nine-party opposition coalition, the Tonse Alliance, and has the backing of former President Joyce Banda as well as the country’s vice-president, Saulos Chilima, as his running mate.

For Tuesday’s election, Malawi Electoral Commission  is using last year’s voters roll, in which about 6.8 million Malawians registered to vote.

There are about 5,000 voting stations open countrywide. So far voter turn-out,  has been relatively high.

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Mkanda Gudu
Mkanda Gudu
8 months ago

@ Muthalirenji, remember the likes of Atupele and Lazarus had stood as Parliamentary Candidates in 2019, therefore, they needed to register in the constituency they were standing. Again, its the voters right to register and vote from the centre of choice. I would imagine that not every voter has gone to cast vote to his or her village.

Muthalirenji
Muthalirenji
8 months ago

I have noted aliyense ali pa ballot paper wakavotera kumudzi kwao, ndekuti Chilima kumudzi kwao ndiku Area 18?

MCP has lost again
8 months ago
Reply to  Muthalirenji

Chilima ndigalu wamtawuni uyu alibe kwawo that’s why alibe ulemu.

George Victor
8 months ago

ife ma blues nkhawa njee mtsogoreli amsankhidwa ndi Mulungu

John Lewis Dr
John Lewis Dr
8 months ago

Zeze voting for mcp, a thing i will never do, ever!

chimulirenji
8 months ago

BIG UP SKC

Lego
Lego
8 months ago

or wavotela chakwera koma asakufuna kkkkk

Bwangwe 1
Bwangwe 1
8 months ago
Reply to  Lego

Mulinvuto. Tangopitani muzikanyambita phuzi la nkhalamba uko

Nkaika
Nkaika
8 months ago

Nkhopeyo sikundiwonekela kuti wavotela Chakwera….search me!

Dr.
Dr.
8 months ago
Reply to  Nkaika

Sangavotele munthu wa retired, wa zaka 80+ olo atamuthira dumu mkamwa. Only sadists who love poverty and nepotism and tribalism and those who support thievery can vote for the senile you are thinking about.

CH2
CH2
8 months ago
Reply to  Nkaika

Keep your search!

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
8 months ago
Reply to  Nkaika

Nkaika, do you really think Chilima or indeed any sane person would vote for demented old man?

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