Peter Mutharika is no longer President of Malawi – he is now former leader, according to results announced by the Malawi Electoral Commission tonight.
Malawians who went to cast the ballot in a Fresh Presidential Election held on Tuesday have duly elected Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Lazarus Chakwera as the country’s 6th President alongside his Tonse Alliance Partner who is leader of the UTM Saulos Chilima as the Vice President.
Chakwera amassed nearly 60% of the total valid votes cast.
MEC Chairperson Justice Chifundo Kachale declared Chakwera a short while ago.
Speaking at a Press Briefing earlier today, former President Mutharika expressed misgivings at the electoral processes witnessed during the polls which he described as the worst ever in democratic Malawi.
He described the alleged intimidation, assault and kidnapping of DPP monitors as having negatively affected the credibility of the electoral process.
“Much as I find this Election unacceptable, but for the sake of peace, and for the love of our country, which is larger than us all, I wish to ask all Malawians to be peaceful when the results are announced,” said Malawi’s immediate past leader.
He added that he hopes that unity will prevail to take the country forward.
iHubOnline gathers that swearing in ceremony will take place tomorrow at the BICC in Lilongwe.
Ahead of the announce announcement, there were incessant scenes of jubilation across the country since Wednesday.
The pre-announcement celebrations got intense towards the weekend after media houses and then opposition party monitors had concluded tabulation of unofficial results.
The Fresh Presidential Election were ordered by the courts after nullification of the 2019 vote described as having been characterised by irregularities.