President Mutharika leads elections with 40. 49%
Written by: George Kalisa
Thursday, May 23rd, 2019, 3:15
President Arthur Peter Mutharika takes lead in the May21 Presidential polls with 40.49 per cent after counting 75 per cent of the vote said the Malawian electoral commission (MEC) Thursday.
Incumbent Mutharika seeking a second five-year term in office garnered 1,436,877 (40. 49%) against main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) flag bearer, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera with 1,257,853 (35.4%).
Mutharika who has led his country since 2014 was also challenged by his Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima, 46, leader of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) in the third position with 651,124 (18.35%) according to preliminary results from 3792 polling stations of 5002 nationwide.
Earlier, opposition leader Chakwera had claimed lead in the election.
“So far the message is clear, we know that we have a tremendous lead,” Chakwera told a news conference in Blantyre.
“No one is going to rig this election. Justice is going to prevail,” he added.
Some 6.8 Malawian turned out to vote in election that the opposition has claimed was rigged.
“Those in power, I know you, you’re trying to tamper with elections,” said Chakwera.
Local observed said elections were free and fair. The country also held Parliamentary elections.
MEC Chief Dr. Jane Ansah said official poll results of one of most poverty stricken African nations will be announced within eight days.