MEC declares watershed elections free and fair

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Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson, Justice Dr. Jane Ansah has described the May 21 Tripartite Elections’ process which began in March, 2018 to the polling day (May 21) as free and fair.

Speaking when she announced results for successful parliamentary candidates at the national tally center at COMESA Hall in Blantyre, Ansah said since the process began to the polling day, there have been a few isolated violent cases, citing use of inflammatory language among contestants as a major challenge.

“This is a clear testimony that the country’s democracy is maturing and that patience among Malawians throughout the country also prevailed.

“We thank God the almighty for sustaining peace since the process started because he has been with us in every step that we have taken,” Ansah said.

She said MEC, together with its team has been working tirelessly to release the results within the specified eight days.

“We believe every exercise has its conclusion and we also believe we will conclude these elections any time soon… I would also like to thank all those that made this election a success; from government, Malawi Defense Force, the media and development partners among others,” Ansah said.

Meanwhile, MEC has announced results of 193 successful parliamentary candidates which the parties have shared as follows: Democratic Progressive Party 62 seats, 55 seats for Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

United Democratic Front (UDF) has won 10 seats; Peoples Party has secured five seats while United Transformation Movement (UTM) has won four seats. Those who have won on an independent ticket are 56 while Alliance for Democracy has one seat.

MEC further announced that it has been served with an injunction by MCP restraining it from announcing results of the presidential winner of the election.

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