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Mutharika leads in Malawi presidential vote count

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Mutharika is leading so far with 75% of the votes counted. His closest challenger is Lazarus Chakwera, from the main opposition party, Malawi Congress Party.

Malawi’s Electoral Commission has announced that incumbent President Peter Mutharika is leading with 40.44% of votes cast in the May 21 presidential election.

He is leading so far with 75% of the votes counted with his challenger being Lazarus Chakwera, from the main opposition party, Malawi Congress Party. He has so far secured 35.34% of votes.

Mutharika’s former deputy President Saulos Chilima was able to secure 18.35% of the vote so far, according to the electoral commission.

Results are for the first time being transmitted electronically to the national tally centre.

 Almost seven million voters registered for the elections to elect a new president, members of parliament and local councillors.
Election laws in Malawi require that the electoral commission announced final results within eight days.

President Mutharika who is seeking re-election, according to analysts was to face tough challenge from his contenders.

President Peter Mutharika (right) is facing a stiff challenge from Lazarus Chakwera (left) and Saulos Chilima (centre). Photo: AFP

There are seven candidates though in the race for the presidency. But three of them, Peter Mutharika, Saulos Chilima and Lazarus Chakwera are the main contenders.

President Peter Mutharika who is 78 years of age came into power in 2014 after winning the presidential election.

Two years earlier his elder brother Bingu wa Mutharika died from heart attack while in power.

Source: Africafeeds.com

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