President Mutharika and his running mate Atupele Muluzi are still struggling to come to terms with the fact that Malawians haven’t voted for them . At a press conference held today at Sanjika palace Mutharika exposed how much he is in denial and out of touch after describing this years elections as the worst in history due to irregularities
President Peter Mutharika has claimed that the June 23 Fresh Presidential Elections are the worst ever elections in the history of the country. Appearing worn out and at times shaky Mutharika said the elections have been affected by irregularities such as the abduction of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) monitors. Mutharika also claimed that some tally sheets were not signed by authentic DPP monitors.
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is expected to announce the results of the elections today but unofficial results show that opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has won the polls.
Mutharika however , came close to conceding defeat when he called for the respect of the office of the president and urged Malawians to maintain peace after the results are announced.
“Much as I find this election unacceptable, but for the sake of peace and the love of our country, I wish to ask all Malawians to be peaceful when the results are announced. It is my sincere hope that we will unite to take this country forward instead of backwards,” said Mutharika.
Speaking after Mutharika, DPP runningmate in the elections Atupele Muluzi said the DPP expected the electoral commission to manage the elections in accordance to what he said are principles set by the Constitutional Court that nullified the 2019 Elections.
He also claimed that the June 23 elections were affected by acts of violence and that monitors of the DPP were attacked in Lilongwe, Chitipa, Dowa, Ntchisi and Nkhatabay.
Police spokesman James Kadadzera said he was not immediately aware of reports on violence and intimidation.
The electoral commission said earlier it had received complaints from the DPP on alleged violence against the party’s monitors.
Tuesday’s vote was regarded as a test of the ability of African courts to tackle ballot fraud and restrain presidential power.
The judiciary infuriated Mutharika in February by overturning the result of an election last year that had given him a second term, citing irregularities, and ordering a re-run.
If defeated in the re-run, Mutharika — in power since 2014 — could choose to either challenge the result in court or step aside.