Ruling People’s Party (PP) has withheld primary elections results for Zomba Central Constituency following complaints from Joseph Chikwemba who described the elections as not free and fair.
Chikwemba, who is PP deputy administrative secretary, was second fiddle to aspiring female candidate Patricia Kainga Nangozo during the voting process on Saturday as unofficial results showed that the latter scooped 2 480 votes against Chikwemba’s 1 892.
Earlier in the day there were disagreements over the number of area committee representatives eligible to vote but later on the elections went ahead in all 24 areal structures within the constituency.
Chikwemba is reported to have registered more votes in Chinamwali whereas Nangozo had a field day in most areas especially Ntiya.
He has since vowed to challenge the results but the winner’s camp took to the streets on Sunday and rejoiced briefly before getting the message that the results have been withheld from the party’s acting secretary-general Paul Maulidi at the tally centre in Mangochi until they are officially announced.
Chikwemba is said to have boasted that “come what may” he will be PP candidate in the constituency because he is backed by President Joyce Banda.
Results for Zomba-Nsondole where Jennifer Chilunga is reported to have won have also been withheld whereas for Zomba-Lisanjala there will be a re-run of the primary elections.
Meanwhile, Water Services Association of Malawi (WASAMA) executive secretary Ben Chakhame won with a landslide victory in Zomba-Thondwe Constituency.
He registered 3 450 votes against 377 for Patson Monjeza and 321 for Thomas Kansale.