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Opposition Leader wins historic poll rerun in Malawi

Malawi’s Opposition Leader, Lazarus Chakwera has won the Presidential elections following a historic poll rerun.

Chairman of the Malawi Electoral Commission, Justice Chifundo Kachale announced the winner at a press conference

“The commission declares that Lazarus Chakwera, the candidate who has attained his 58.57% of the votes is truly elected as President of the Republic of Malawi”, he announced.

This also followed the opposition waiting a whole year to listen to the announcements that their candidate Lazarus Chakwera win the Presidential votes.

The votes were the first because a year ago, the electoral commission, headed by a different electoral commission announced the exact opposite of the results after a first try to hold the votes, and declaring the outgoing President, Peter Mutharika the winner.

The decision, however, was followed by massive protests because they believed the votes were rigged.

According to reports, correction fluid was used on result sheets, and the case was brought to the Malawian top court but was however dismissed, thus, leading to the rerun.

For his part, 79-year-old outgoing President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika said the rerun was also rigged his party thus calls for new third votes.

He said, “the election was in a rush, in the nice history of our election”.

Meanwhile, the Malawian Electoral commission dismissed complaints after examining them.

President Chakwera has called on the people of Malawi to ensure unity among themselves and assured them that he will provide jobs for the people as well as fight corruption in the country.

Background

President-elect, Lazarus Chakwera is a former priest and longtime civic rights leader.

By Agnes Melissa Yovo | talksafrica.com 

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