BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—UTM candidate in the Karonga by-election, Frank Tumpale Mwenefumbo, has lodged a complaint on the conduct of the election which was conducted on the 10th Novemmber, 2020 in the constituency.
Mwenefumbo, who according to unofficial results came second in the heavily contested election, has notified the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) that Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate Leonard Mwalwanda was involved in numerous irregularities which render the whole process of election not free and fair, and not credible enough for declaring a winner.
According to Mwenefumbo, Mwalwanda was not eligible for vying for the parliamentary seat in the constituency as he did not registered in another constituency and he did not vote.
Other complaints include vote buying, cash hand out, allowing unregistered voters to vote and violence perpetrated by MCP cadres which hindered many UTM supporters from exercising their right to vote.
He has also taken a swipe at Minister of Homeland Security, Richard Chimwendo Banda, and MCP second vice president, Harry Nkandawire, for allegedly threatening voters during the campaign period that “whoever will vote for Hon. Mwenefumbo will not benefit from NEEF and other services provided by Malawi Government because those services are for Malawi Congress Party only and they are in government.”
“This created voter apathy among those who wanted to vote for Hon. Mwenefumbo,” Mwenefumbo argues.
Unofficial results from the by-election in the heavily contested Karonga Central Constituency have shown that Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate, Leonard Mwalwanda, has won the seat after amassing 6763 votes.
Mwenefumbo follows with 6021 votes.
If the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) goes ahead to declare Mwalwanda winner, he will replace his uncle, Cornelius Mwalwanda, who died while serving as parliamentarian for the area on July 16 2020.
According to the unofficial results announced at the district’s tally centre-Maghemo Secondary school, Ernest Mwalughali for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is third with 99 votes.
Independent candidate Shackie Mary-Florence Nthakomwa comes fourth with 89 votes, while Nellie Sichali of Mbakuwaku Movement for Development (MMD) is fifth with 13 votes.
Elsewhere, Mphatso Boti of MCP has also emerged a winner in Lilongwe North West Constituency followed by independent candidate, Goodwell Ndiwo Banda while Chikwawa Makhwira South Ward has gone to United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate Isaac Sten Hodges.