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By-elections wakeup call for the DPP

The Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC has declared Tuesday’s by-elections fair and credible with a voter turn-out of 47% on average.

MEC Chairperson Chifundo Kachale has however condemned the violent acts that were perpetrated by political parties in Nsanje and Karonga district.

He has also bemoaned the electorate’s failure to follow Covid 19 preventive measures in polling centres across the country.

Following the announcement of the official results, the Leader of Opposition in parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa has praised MEC and all stakeholders for administering a credible and fair by-election.

Writing on his Facebook page, Nankhumwa who is also the Democratic Progressive Party-DPP Vice President for the South noted that the citizenry have chosen representatives of their choice in a democratic manner.

He then encouraged those that have failed not to give up but strategize for the next election.

Official results from fresh parliamentary elections in Nsanje Central and Nsanje North constituencies, reveal that the former governing Democratic Progressive Party – DPP’s Francis Kasaila and Esther Mcheka Chilenje have lost their seats to MCP’s candidates.

The duo’s loss is a big blow to the party which traditionally enjoys support all across the southern region including in the Lower Shire districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje.

In Nsanje Central, MCP candidate Kafandikhale Mandevana got 8,230 votes against Kasaila’s 6,648 while in Nsanje North the MCP’s Enock Chizuzu has amassed 9,865 votes against Chilenje’s 8,081.

In Chikwawa East, the UDF’s Rodrick Khumbanyiwa has reclaimed his seat with 4,681 votes against his MCP rival Foster Thipiwa’s 1,837.

The MCP family is also celebrating victories in Lilongwe Nsinja North and Ntchisi North constituencies.

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Its governing alliance partner, the UTM, has grabbed a single seat in Karonga North West while independent candidate Bizwick Million has won the Zomba Changalume seat.

Meanwhile, Mzuzu-based political commentator George Phiri contends that these results are sending a serious and strong message for the DPP to put its house in order.

He further hints that party the risks losing immense political ground and popularity unless it quickly settles its leadership squabbles.

There was no immediate comment from the DPP as its Spokesperson, Brown Mpinganjira, could not pick up his phone after several attempts.

On his part, MCP National Campaign Director, Moses Kunkuyu is describing the unofficial results from Nsanje as vindication of its strength and popularity.

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