Malawi presidential election: Lazarus Chakwera declared winner | Malawi Information
Malawi’s electoral fee has declared opposition alliance chief Lazarus Chakwera the winner of the nation’s presidential election rerun.
The announcement late on Saturday got here 4 days after Malawians returned to the polls nearly 5 months after the constitutional court docket annulled the outcomes of a Might 2019 vote over irregularities.
Chakwera, 65, secured the required majority, with 58.57 % of Tuesday’s vote, the electoral fee mentioned, beating the incumbent Peter Mutharika. Chakwera gained election to a five-year time period as president of the nation of 18 million folks.
“My victory is a win for democracy and justice. My coronary heart is effervescent with pleasure,” Chakwera mentioned after his win, which sparked wild late night time celebrations on the streets of the capital Lilongwe, his stronghold.
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In energy since 2014, Mutharika was beforehand declared the winner of final yr’s vote with 38.57 %, forward of Chakwera who obtained 35.41 % and former Vice President Saulos Chillima, with 20.24 %.
However Chakwera and now-running mate Chillima rejected the outcomes of that election and petitioned the court docket to nullify the end result and order a rerun.
February 3’s overturned end result additionally compelled a change within the electoral system, swapping a “first-past-the-post” system for a system during which the winner has to obtain greater than 50 % of the vote.
Mutharika, 79, earlier on Saturday mentioned there had been voting irregularities together with violence and intimidation towards his occasion’s election displays, however the criticism was dismissed by the electoral fee. The opposition has denied the allegations.
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