More cracks are still emerging in the on-going historic presidential election case as witnesses continue exposing the alleged alterations the electoral body might have made in the 2019 tripartite elections on May 21.

Sworn statement belonging to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Secretary General Eisenhower Mkaka has revealed that MCP president Lazarus Chakwera won the polls with 2, 072,826 votes against Democratic Progressive party (DPP) candidate Peter Mutharika who got 1, 817, 473 votes.

Mkaka claims were made in the Constitutional Court hearing the case in Lilongwe when his sworn statements were presented.

His claims came to light on Wednesday when Attorney General, Kalekeni Kaphale, who is representing the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in the case, started cross-examining Anthony Bendulo, who is the fourth MCP witness in the case.

Mkaka argues in his statement that based on their tally centre, “MCP President Dr Lazarus Chakwera obtained 2,072,826 against DPP’s Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika’s 1,817,474 votes”.

The allegation gives Chakwera a lead of 255,352 votes.

“We strongly believe that MEC concealed a figure of 317,154 votes for Dr Lazarus Chakwera from his Central Region stronghold,” reads part of Mkaka’s statement.

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