Unofficial results from the by-election in Karonga Central Constituency have shown that Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate, Leonard Mwalwanda has won the seat, amassing 6763 votes.
He is followed by Frank Tumpale Mwenefumbo of United Transformation Movement (UTM) party who received 6021 votes during the Tuesday November 10 polls.
If the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) goes ahead to declare him winner today, 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.
Despite witnessing a campaign that went violent, leaving 12 people injured, people of Karonga Central Constituency yesterday voted peacefully to elect their new Parliamentary representative, without major incidents of violence.
There were of course small pockets of incidents that could have led to violence, like at Mlare, where some people were preventing others from voting, but the situation was quickly dealt with by the police.
Braving the scorching sun, both the old and the young came out in large numbers to vote, an exercise aimed at finding a replacement to late Mwalwanda
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