Voter apathy marred the Tuesday by-elections held in two parliamentary constituencies and five local government wards.

Information sourced by FaceofMalawi indicates that in some center half of the registered voters turn out to cast their ballots.

Speaking in an interview with one of the local daily papers in the country [Nation Newspaper] during the polls, Kasungu District Commissioner Spiwe Mauwa said although all the polling centres for Lifupa Ward opened as early as 6am, voter turnout was low and not impressive.

“We are just hoping that the number of voters turning up will increase in the evening before the centres closes at 6pm because maybe people are busy with some household chores while others are at work,” she said.

Unofficial results from two constituencies where parliamentary elections were held shows that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidates are leading.

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is today afternoon expected to announce official results for the elections.

Meanwhile various stakeholders in the country have attributed the low turn to irregularities that marred the May 20 tripartite election.

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