The Opposition Malawi Congress Party has officially declared Juliana Lunguzi winner of the primary elections for Dedza East Constituency that were held on Sunday. There was speculation in the media and social media that Juliana Lunguzi had lost the elections .
The Presiding team of the elections were Peter Mazizi, Peter Chalera MP, Gerald Banda, and Luwanisa Chapora. At the end of the exercise, the Presiding Officer, going by the number of votes shared between two candidates, declared Mr. Patrick Bandawe the winner. However, an independent enquiry by the Directorate of Elections for the party has established that there were more than two contestants, yet the figures for the others have not been reported, which is irregular.
It has also been established that a candidate in that race, having received votes that were insufficient for a victory, is alleged to have yielded the votes his supporters cast for him to another candidate, which is not only irregular, but is unethical and a serious breach of party conduct. The Directorate of Elections therefore recommended that that candidate be disqualified and his votes discounted together with the figures of the declared win
ner who was a primary beneficiary of the violation.
The Party has also warned all participants in the primary elections to know that this should serve as a warning that misconduct and corruption in primary elections or in the operations of the affairs of the Party will not be tolerated.
“If one wishes to practice the politics of corruption, gender discrimination, chaos, manipulation and rigging of votes, there are other parties in Malawi they can join where that kind of conduct is smiled upon” read the statement signed by MCP spokesman Maurice Munthali.