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Local Government Elections free, fair, says MEC

Written by  Patrick Lunda

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has described the Local Government Elections held in five awards across the country on 25 June as free and fair.

A polling box at one of the centres in Chibanja in Mzuzu Central A polling box at one of the centres in Chibanja in Mzuzu Central
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Announcing the official results on Wednesday in Blantyre MEC Chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera said the election had all the required components of transparency, inclusiveness, freeness and fairness.


The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) scooped three of the five seats with the other seats sharing between United Democratic Front (UDF) and Malawi Congress Party.


DDP candidates won seats in Khwawa Ward in Karonga, Zomba and Luchenza Ward in Thyolo while MCP candidate won in Chibanja Ward while UDF got the Mangochi Central Ward.


“The Commission is impressed that this election had all the required components of transparency, inclusiveness, freeness and fairness. For this reason I have no hesitation as Chairman of MEC to declare that the by- elections in all the five wards were free, fair and credible,” Mbendera said.


Charles Mlogera, who contested as Malawi Congress Party candidate as winner in the Chibanja Ward by-election with 486 votes.


Other candidates are Gibson Chisale, Alliance for Democracy Party (AFORD) 458 votes, Esmey Jere, Umodzi Party (UP) 10 votes, Ulaya Kaunda, Malawi Forum for Unity and Development Party (MAFUNDE) 5 votes, George Manda, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 267 votes, Mike C. Phiri, Independent 16 votes.


Bydon Katambika Msiska who contested as Democratic Progressive Party candidate won in the Khwawa with1,378 votes.


Other candidates were Oswell Mdokera Chavula, Independent 45 votes, Langfield Kanyimbo, People’s Party (PP) 1,107 votes, . Alick Tchokola Mhango, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) 446 votes, John Chipapika Msiska, Alliance for Democracy Party (AFORD) 597 votes, Hawkings Mtotomoka Munthali, United Democratic Front Party (UDF) 23 votes.


Oliver Tayub who contested as United Democratic Front candidate in the Msikisi Ward by-election in Mangochi with 438 votes.


Other candidates Fatima Chilawi, Independent 118 votes, Rasha Chisoni, Malawi Forum for Unity and Development Party, (MAFUNDE) 6 votes, Frank Kambeta, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) 64 votes, Wellington Mangulenje, Independent 289 votes, Idana Masiye, People’s Party (PP) 119 votes.


In Luchenza Ward Henderson Alex Spoon 94 votes, who contested as Democratic Progressive Party.

 
Other candidate Joseph Khoromana, Independent 40 votes, Mercy Luwanda, Independent, 52 votes, Dorothy Chibwana Mbayani, Peoples Party, (PP) 7 votes, James Namilonga Stenala, Malawi Congress Party, (MCP) 25 votes.


Melia Likoswe Douglas who contested as Democratic Progressive Party candidate won in the Central Ward by-election with 268 votes.


Other candidates were Munira Abdullah, Independent 240 votes, Harry John Mningwa, Malawi Forum for Unity and Development, Party (MAFUNDE) 35 votes, Wilknes Wilson Nakanga, Peoples Party (PP) 231 votes, Prisca Golozera Unyolo, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) 107 votes, Ireless Wallani, Independent 5 votes.

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