The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) staff members work to tabulate and tally votes heavily guarded by military personnel at the National Tally Center. Photo: AMOS GUMULIRA / AFP
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) staff members work to tabulate and tally votes heavily guarded by military personnel at the National Tally Center. Photo: AMOS GUMULIRA / AFP

Malawi’s electoral body on Saturday announced the results for parliamentary elections, with the governing party getting slightly more seats compared to the main opposition party in tightly contested polls.

The results from 192 of 193 parliamentary elections were announced by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) during a press briefing at the National Tally Center. The election for one constituency was not held following the death of a candidate.

According to the results, the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has won 62 parliamentary seats while the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has won 55.

The United Transformation Movement (UTM) of Vice-President Saulos Chilima has only managed a paltry four parliamentary seats while 55 were independent candidates and 16 divided by other small parties.

Justice Jane Ansah, the MEC chairperson, said 5.07 million out of the 6.83 million voters took part in the parliamentary elections, representing a voter turnout of 74.27 percent.

“The Commission has thoroughly reviewed and determined all the complaints that were lodged for the parliamentary elections and we declare the parliamentary elections to be free and fair and that the results are a true reflection of the will of the people of the respective constituencies,” she said. Enditem

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