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MCP triumphs

Commission yet to announce official results

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PROJECTED WINNERS—Boti

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) continues its winning ways as unconfirmed results indicate that the party has retained two parliamentary seats in Lilongwe and Karonga districts while Makhwira Ward in Chikwawa District has gone to United Democratic Front (UDF).

Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) is the constitutionally mandated body to announce official results of elections but information gathered by our reporters and corroborated by MCP officials indicates that MCP won the battle in the two constituencies that were up for grabs.

The victory comes barely 135 days after Mec declared MCP president and Tonse Alliance torch-bearer Lazarus Chakwera winner in the court-sanctioned June 23 fresh presidential election unseating president Peter Mutharika, who was running on Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket.

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In Lilongwe North West Constituency, unconfirmed results show that MCP candidate Mphatso Boti won the seat after fighting off a horde of independent, DPP and Mbakuwaku Movement for Development challengers.

The constituency fell vacant following the resignation of Chakwera, who won in the May 21 2019 parliamentary election on MCP ticket.

And unconfirmed results in Karonga Central Constituency also show that MCP candidate Leonard Mwalwanda emerged the winner with 6763 votes against his closest contender Frank Mwenifumbo of UTM, who got over 6,021 votes. Independent candidate Mary Nthakomwa got 89, DPP Ernest Mwaluhgali got 99 while Mbakuwaku Movement for Development Nellie Sichali got 13.

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The constituency fell vacant following the death of Cornelius Mwalwanda, who won on MCP ticket in last year’s elections.

MCP national youth director Richard Chimwendo Banda, who is also Minister of Homeland Security and Leader of Government Business in Parliament, said tabulated results which the party’s monitors gathered in Lilongwe North and Karonga Central constituencies indicated that the party had won.

“We are waiting for the official announcement of results but we don’t see anything changing apart from some figures here and there,” he said.

He, however, said results in Makhwira Ward, Chikwawa District, indicated that UDF candidate Isaick Odges was likely to emerge the winner.

Chimwendo Banda said victories in the two constituencies brings the number of MPs that won under the MCP ticket to 56, adding that the party was working with 38 independent MPs before winning the presidential poll in the June 23 presidential election.

“Soon after winning the presidential election, we have seen a number of MPs coming to work with us,” he said.

Yesterday’s by-elections were incident-free, apart from a few isolated cases where some voters had their names missing in the voters roll at Kazumba Primary School in Lilongwe North Constituency. There were also reports of skirmishes in Karonga Central but the situation was quickly contained.—Additional reporting by Elijah Phompho

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