Malawi’s opposition chief Lazarus Chakwera gained final week’s presidential election re-run with 58.57 per cent of the vote, the electoral fee mentioned Saturday.
It was a dramatic reversal of fortune for the incumbent, Peter Mutharika, whose victory within the Could 2019 election was overturned by the Constitutional Court docket, citing widespread fraud.
Some 6.eight million voters within the southern African nation had returned to the polls on Tuesday.
And on Saturday, electoral fee chairman Chifundo Kachale instructed journalists: “The fee declares that Lazarus Chakwera, having attained 58.57 p.c of the vote, has been duly elected because the president of Malawi.”
Mutharika got here second with 1,751,377 votes, whereas underdog candidate Peter Dominico Kuwani acquired 32,456.
Voter turnout was 64.81 per cent.
The announcement was met with loud cheers and applause as opposition supporters waved Malawi’s purple, black and inexperienced flag and chanted “Authorities!” in native Chichewa.
In February, Malawi’s prime court docket discovered the primary election had been marred by widespread irregularities, together with using correction fluid to tamper with consequence sheets.
The landmark ruling made Malawi simply the second African nation south of the Sahara to have presidential ballot outcomes put aside, after Kenya in 2017.
“This can be a win for Malawians, it’s a win for democracy, a win for justice,” mentioned an elated Chakwera after his victory was declared.
“It’s a win that can allow this nation to actually reset and start to construct a brand new sort of Malawi through which all of us collectively shall be concerned.”
In the meantime, a jubilant crowd gathered for a fireworks show on the headquarters of Chakwera’s Malawi Congress Occasion within the capital Lilongwe.
Mutharika didn’t want to touch upon his defeat.
Earlier Saturday, Mutharika had argued that the election re-run had been flawed, citing violence and intimidation in opposition to DPP screens.
“We’ve no additional remark to make,” Mutharika’s spokesman Mgeme Kalilani instructed AFP after the consequence. “The assertion we made earlier as we speak is ample.”
The outgoing president’s Democratic Progressive Occasion (DPP) had on Friday referred to as on Malawi’s Electoral Fee (MEC) to annul the outcomes of the second vote and declare a 3rd election.