Peter Mutharika declared new President of Malawi


A High Court judge ruled yesterday that the Malawi Election Commission could not have an extension on the counting of votes in the Presidential election and that they must abide by Section 99 of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections (PPE) Act.

As a result the final tally of votes was announced yesterday evening with Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) being declared the new President of Malawi. Saulos Chilima, Mutharika’s running mate, has been declared Vice-President.

Mutharika took 1,904,399 votes and 36.49% of the vote. In second place was Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) with 1,455,880 votes and 27.4% of the vote. Incumbent President Joyce Banda of the People’s Party came in third with 20.2% representing 1,056,236 votes.

The swearing in ceremony for Peter Mutharika will take place at 10 a.m. local time this morning.

Results for the parliamentary seats and local government seats are still awaited.

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