Peter Mutharika’s DPP wins Malawi elections – electoral commission

2014-05-31 09:23

Blantyre, Malawi – Malawi’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), led by Peter Mutharika, has won the May 20 elections, the Malawi Electoral Commission said, following disputes about the validity of the vote by President Joyce Banda.

A crowd celebrated outside the tally centre in the commercial hub of Blantyre as Mutharika was announced yesterday as the winner of the disputed elections with 36.4% of the vote.

Banda, southern Africa’s first female president, trailed in third place with 20.2 % of the vote.

Mutharika (74) is the brother of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika and was leading on May 24 when Banda ordered the parliamentary and presidential elections cancelled, citing “rampant irregularities”.

Malawi’s high court issued an injunction the same day, stopping Banda from interfering with the vote.

Second place went to Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party with 27.8% of the vote.

“We have to now focus on what matters. Spend our tax money wisely. What unites us Malawians is more important than what divides us,” Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Maxon Mbendera said to Mutharika.

Three people have been killed in violence following the vote. One was shot dead yesterday by police when they clashed with protesters demanding a recount.

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