DPP retains seat

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Malawi ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has stuck to the number of its legislators in Parliament after the party’s candidate emerged winner in Zomba Chisi constituency in by-elections held on Tuesday.

DPP candidate, Mark Michael Botomani, was declared winner after amassing 3,019 votes

There were also wins for opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in the by-elections as its candidate Auleriano Kalemba emerged winner in Mtope Ward in Mchinji with 2,444 votes while another MCP candidate, Master Rodgers Chazama, became the councillor for Ngala Ward in Lilongwe after amassing 1,381 votes.

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Their party now has one more MP

However, the elections were marred by issues of voter apathy as there was a low turnout. In Mtope Ward in Mchinji, for example, only 17.29 percent of registered voters turned out to vote and from the few votes that were cast, 54 were null and void representing 1.18 percent.

The turnout was also less satisfactory in Ngala Ward where 13.88 percent of registered voters turned out and in Zomba Chisi constituency where only 36.56 percent of registered voters decided to cast their votes.

MEC conducted the elections after the deaths of Peter Chizalo Mangulenje in Zomba Chisi constituency and of Ward councillor John Msumatiza in Mtope Ward in Mchinji district.

However, the elections in Ngala Ward in Lilongwe Msozi North constituency were conducted after councillor Misheck Khomba resigned. MEC said it was the first time a by-election was conducted due to a resignation.

*Additional reporting by Luke Bisani

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  1. too many problems to solve but in every problem ther’s always a solution. In our country Phil. we almost have the same problems Malawi is facing up to this time. It’s up to elected and appointed officials ad well as the people of its country where they belong.There are factors that may lead to trigger into almost hopeless situation. One of the major factor is corruption involving government officials. Another is misleading the people from the right way showing and pretending to manage resulting to a severe situation .

  2. ALIPOBE AKUPHOTCHOLA MTCHIRE NJILA MUKUYIONA?!?!??? MCP NDI CHIPANI CHA KU BULAWAYO SICHIZALAMULANSO MALAWI UNTIL U CHANGED ITS NAME

  3. Congratulations to the winner. It is time to work for the betterment of Malawi. The leaders are accountable to the people. performing with excellence, doing right and respect for others. These are internationally accepted codes of ethics and business conduct. Doing that exactly means holding on to power, because power comes from the people. Angakhale uwoneke kuti ndiwe wa ndalama, odziwa uyankhula, wanzeru, kaya wotanni, koma ngati ulibe ulemu, sulemekeza azako, khalidwe ulibe komaso wa nkhambakamwa, anthu sangakuvotere. Anthu ndi ozama. Tizichenjera ndi anthu amene tikhala nawo. Popeza ndiwo eni mphavu, dziko ndi chuma.

  4. I now feel that DPP really won the 2014 tripatite elections.Odana ndi DPP ofunika kungoyambano kuyikonda basi to avoid heart attack.It has the massive winning formular.Take it or leave it.

    • Inenso ndaonadi ndi boma la ambuli, koma la ophunzila likungosusa nthawi zonse kkkk mmmmm zachisoni bwanji wina ananena kale kuti ngakhale atandipopela doom mkamwa sindingavotere MCP ndiye anawonjezerako kuti kapena ufiti chani kumalimbana ndi MCP yopanda ntchito

  5. kkk kodi simukukhulupirabe kuti southern region mcp tidathana nayo since multiparty kungolowa mdziko?zachikalekale asala nawo ndi achewa komanso ena ayamba kuzindikira kuti kongelesi ndi mbiri yakale ndie mudikilire 2019 muzaone kuti tidzaipanga bwanji mcp ku south,chipanitu cha DPP olo osapanga kampeni kumwera idzakhalabe patsogolo kuwinabe mavoti ankhani nkhani choti mudziwe since multiparty mpandowu udakadzungulirabe kumwera ndipo sitidati ngati central mufuna kuzalamuliranso mdziko muno multiparty ithe apo bii mwauponda

  6. DPP has not added another MP but the has maintained the same number of MPs because the former MP Mangulanje was a DPP MP ,check out how to use your word

  7. I thought i read news that said they were campaigning after campaign period! Had expected some action by MEC or is it that the reports were fabricated?