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