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Mutharika Leads in Partial Results From Malawi's Presidential Election

Malawian presidential candidate Peter Mutharika, brother of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, gestures during a press conference at his residence in Blantyre, Malawi, May 22, 2014.
Malawian presidential candidate Peter Mutharika, brother of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, gestures during a press conference at his residence in Blantyre, Malawi, May 22, 2014.
VOA News
Malawi opposition leader Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party has the lead with 30 percent of the votes counted from the country's presidential election.

The Malawi Electoral Commission announced the first official tally Friday night. Voting took place last Tuesday.

In the results, mostly from polling centers in northern Malawi, Mutharika is leading, while President Joyce Banda of the ruling People’s Party is in second with 23 percent. Lazarus Chakwera of the opposition Malawi Congress Party is third with 18 percent.
Electoral Commission chair Maxon Mbendera says more results will be released when the total vote count reaches 70 percent.

The commission has until May 30 to announce the final tally.

Banda enjoyed huge popularity when she came to power two years ago, but her popularity declined after she was forced to impose austerity measures to stabilize the economy.

Her administration was hit by a $15-million corruption scandal, dubbed 'Cashgate,' after large amounts of cash were discovered in the car of a senior government official.

Lameck Masina contributed to this report.

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by: S. CHIPHAMBO from: RSA
May 25, 2014 3:41 PM
I salute Malawians for their wisdom when it comes to elections No president will take it for granted as far as elections are concerned. Malawi needs to be led by an educated and visionary president.
I hope Prof. Mutharika will lead the country in the right direction. All the best Prof.

by: Gift nyambi from: Ndirande
May 25, 2014 12:14 AM
Peter Mutharika ndiye president wa Malawi I wish you all the best take lead of us

by: Robert Mtonga
May 24, 2014 6:13 PM
Mutharika wapambana kale abanda zawo zatha basi.

by: What do you expect from: Zimbabwe
May 24, 2014 5:43 PM
This was you get when dont pay enough to rig. The $15m sounds suspiciously like what Nikuv demands for complete rigging - foolproof. It seems the ruse was exposed before they got the money. Now they had to make do with Zim rig trainees and it backfired they clicked the wrong candidate in the rigging software module. Now its too late now you see they are now trying to blame the computers. It seem they pooled the plug too late. oops

by: Victor Sinkala from: isoka,zambia
May 24, 2014 8:33 AM
leaders in Malawi presidential Race Must just accept the outcome of the election.And not complain about election results.The african tendency of complaining about election results is bad for the development of democracy in the continent.

by: Mivho from: Zimbabwe
May 24, 2014 7:51 AM
The rivolutionary party must bootet bcoz the is a lot cruption. Joice banda must loose thank you god

by: wanangwa from: jhb
May 24, 2014 7:43 AM
Sorry guyz! Let's put everythng in de hands of God,

by: George Genaro Phimbi from: lenasia johannesburg
May 24, 2014 4:27 AM
Alomwe ndi diru...zikakunyasa ukatafune makala.

by: Tiyeni from: Tidikire
May 24, 2014 3:59 AM
Lets wait for final result otherwise there has been stiff competition between Mutharika and Chakwera.we hope for the best,a leader who can revive the economy.

by: Jose Wanauvinga from: Windhoek, Namibia
May 24, 2014 2:21 AM
May the best candidate win.

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