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Lazarus Chakwera supporters demonstrate in Mzuzu

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By Samuel Kalimira:

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters in Mzuzu Sunday held a peaceful demonstration demanding that Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) be neutral when recounting votes.

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The supporters, who were not dressed in party colours, were joined by People’s Party and Freedom Party (FP) youths, as they marched along Mzuzu Highway.

Rains that fell in droves did not deter the people from marching in the presence of police.

FP regional committee leader Clive Nthakomwa, who was among the protestors, said they went to the streets to have Mec listen to the will of people by remaining professional in their work.

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Nthakomwa said the youth were worried with Mec’s decision to accept figures from polling centres whose results were reportedly tampered with.

“We think it is not accurate for Mec to be announcing results of figures that have a lot of anomalies,” Nthakomwa said.

However, Mec on Saturday did not announce presidential results because of a court injunction which MCP obtained.

MCP wants Mec to announce results of the presidential election after results in such districts as Nsanje, Chikwawa, Mangochi, Blantyre, Zomba, Mulanje, Chitipa, Rumphi , Karonga and Nkhata Bay are verified through a transparent recounting of ballot papers in the presence of all political parties.

MCP secretary general, Eisenhower Mkaka, on Saturday said demonstrations are a human right.

In Lilongwe, supporters marched on Saturday.

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