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Malawi votes in historic election rerun

By Tatenda Marwodzi

The much awaited Malawi presidential election rerun has arrived. It has been 4 months of waiting since the historic constitutional court ruling and today the people of Malawi get the chance to vote for their rightful presidential candidate.

Early morning long queues could be seen at polling stations across the country with heartwarming scenes of people assisting the elderly and the disabled cast their vote at polling stations like Malembo centre. Voters are excited for another chance to rewrite history with most of them hoping for main opposition leader Dr Lazarus Chakwera to come out victorious.

“Malawians are writing their corrections today. Hoping for a resounding victory for the opposition,” said one twitter user. In February of this year, the Malawi constitutional court nullified the May 2019 election results that had announced Peter Mutharika as president after scooping 38% of the vote against main opposition leader Chakwera’s 35%.

The results were disputed by the masses that had hoped Mutharika’s incompetent regime that has been marred by corruption and empty promises would come to an end. After widespread protests claiming vote rigging, the Malawi constitutional court found the evidence damning and ruled for a re-election.

“The position of this court is that the widespread use of correction fluid greatly undermined the integrity of the election,” read the ruling. The court’s decision gave Malawians a maximum of 150 days to go to the polls once more.

Peter Mutharika who has been in office since 2014 is appealing for a second chance to build a world class Malawi with infrastructure similar to that in Singapore, London, South Africa and America. Chakwera on the other hand, with the backing of former President Joyce Banda, is promising an end to corruption, poverty and unemployment.

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