The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Saturday elected its Southern Region committee through polls that were held at Lunzu Community Hall in Blantyre.
The elections are expected to bring to an end wrangles that have rocked the party in the Southern Region.
After the voting, old-timer Peter Simbi was elected regional chairperson with 68 votes. Eston Kakhome got seven votes; Denis Namthumba amassed 49 while Samuel Kaphuka claimed 39.
Later, Kaphuka was elected Deputy Regional Chairperson as Namthumba did not contest in any seat after being beaten by Simbi.
In his acceptance speech, Simbi said he was optimistic that come 2019, MCP will have members of Parliament and councillors in the Southern Region.
“I will make sure that all problems that were in the party over the years have been sorted out by, among other things, holding meetings to bury misunderstanding. I will work tirelessly to organise the party in the South, and [in 2019] if I fail to get an MP or councillor here [South] then I will resign,” challenged Simbi.
Conceding defeat, Namthumba said although the elections went on well, he was not satisfied with the procedure because polling officers did not allow bona fide members to vote which was against MCP’s constitution.
“Right now I don’t have any comment on what has transpired during the election, but probably I will express my concerns during a press conference which we shall hold in due course from where people will know what exactly happened,” he said,
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