Long wait for Malawi's official presidential election results

Official results

The Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Chifundo Kachale already said it! They will not be rushed into announcing official results of the June 23rd presidential elections as long as they are within the eight days stipulated by law.

Consistent with this position MEC on Thursday night announced that it had so far processed results from six of Malawi's 28 districts and that at the pace things were progressing the full picture would emerge within 36 to 48 hours.

The six are Likoma, Mwanza, Chiradzulu announced on Thursday morning and Mulanje, Neno and Phalombe which were declared in the evening.

MEC chairperson
Justice Kachale: Expect results in 36-48 hours

Official results show that in Mulanje out of the 195,856 total votes cast, Democratic Progressive Party president Peter Mutharika got 173,482, Mbakuwaku Movement for Development's Peter Kuwani got 1,417 with MCP's Lazarous Chakwera polling 17,499.

In Neno, Chakwera got 6,652, Kuwani 364 and Mutharika the most 21,878 from 29,281 votes cast.

In Phalombe it was also Mutharika who amassed the most votes 21,878 out of the 29,281votes cast. Chakwera had 6,652 with Kuwani getting 364.

As the wait continues inside the main tally centre, the look was that of fatigue among journalists and party officials alike.

But one Tonse Alliance official categorically said he would not be sleeping until the final results were announced.

While numbers of party officials on the Tonse Alliance desk kept rising those on the DPP-UDF desk have been dwindling with no single senior DPP official in sight except for those of their Alliance partners UDF.

Unofficial results show that MCP and Tonse Alliance candidate Chakwera has won Malawi's presidential election beating the incumbent Mutharika by a wide margin and amassing 50 percent plus one votes as required by law.