Repeat presidential election worst in Malawi’s history, President Mutharika says

Malawi President Peter Mutharika and Opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera/ BBC

Malawi President Prof Peter Mutharika has termed the June 23 repeat presidential election worst in history of elections in the country.

Addressing the nation from Sanjika palace in Blantyre on Saturday, Mutharika said much as he finds the election unacceptable, “I urge all Malawians to remain peaceful before and after all results are announced”.

Malawi’s opposition is claiming victory in the re-run of last year’s presidential election, which was held again after allegations of widespread rigging.

Official results for Tuesday’s poll have not yet been declared by Malawi’s electoral commission but state broadcaster MBC says opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera is leading with 59 per cent of the vote.

President Mutharika, who wants a second term, has 38 per cent, it says.
Malawi became the second African nation to annul a presidential election over irregularities last year after Kenya in 2017.

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