Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) running mate during the yet-to-be released Fresh Presidential Elections results, Atupele Muluzi has urged Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to take their time to solve issues that affected the polls before announcing the results.
Muluzi held a press conference in Blantyre on Friday to comment on the unofficial results that keeps flowing out on social media and other major outlets, which indicates that he and his boss, Peter Mutharika have been outclassed by Tonse Alliance’s Lazarus Chakwera.
Muluzi said there has been a lot of incidences that could affect the outcome of the polls including the assault their monitors suffered in some districts.
He said these incidences take away the notion that the election was free and fair.
"We have lost one of our monitors and some are still missing, this is very unfortunate to the democratic nation like Malawi," he said.
He then asked DPP-UDF Alliance supporters to maintain their hope as MEC is the only body mandated to announce official results.
“It's very pathetic to trust what is speculating on the media, (social media and radios) the duty of announcing the results remains in the hands of MEC," he said.
At this point, the young Muluzi said he is not ready to congratulate anyone since there is no loser or winner.
DPP already lodged a complaint to MEC on the assault of the monitors and other party officials and were referred to Police since it is a criminal act.
Muluzi’s sentiments contradict what Joint Civil Society Observer Mission on Fresh Presidential Election 2020, Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) and Election Consortium said that the polls were free and peaceful.
Malawians went to polls on Tuesday to elect a new president after the Courts nullified the May 21 results and called for a fresh one within 150 days.