Independents dominated parliamentary elections amassing 52 seats from 192 that were being competed for on May 20.
Parties shared the rest of the seats with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leading with 50 seats, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) 48, Peoples Party secured 26, United Democratic Front (UDF) got 14 while Chipani Cha Fuko and Aford got a seat each.
Out of the 192 parliamentarians 30 are female while 162 are male.
According to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) figures, five million, two hundred and thirty four thousand, five hundred and six (5,234,506) votes were cast in parliamentary elections, representing 70.07 percent of registered voters.
Of these votes, seventy four thousand, six hundred and thirty-four (74,634) votes or 1.43 percent were deemed null and void.
In the local government polls out of the 462 wards being competed for DPP won in 165 wards, MCP got 131, PP won 65, UDF controls 57 wards while CCP got two wards and Aford controls one. Independents won in 35 wards.
MEC will conduct elections in five wards where elections were not held on May 20.
In the local government polls 56 women won as councillors while 401 are male.
Maxon Mbendera, MEC Chairperson announcing the results yesterday at the National Tally Centre in Blantyre noted that for the Local Government Elections this year the voter turnout was high compared to a mere 14 percent in 2000.
“In these elections five million, one hundred and fifty three thousand, nine hundred and ninety-three (5,153,993) votes were cast. This represents 68.99 percent of registered voters. Of these, one hundred and twenty-one thousand, one hundred and seventy votes (121,170) or 2.35% were deemed to be null and void.
Mbendera said the commission is satisfied with the —‘orderly, calm and peaceful manner’ —the electoral process was conducted.
“The level of null and void votes across all races was historically low for Malawi. Let me assure all voters that your Commission has done its best to act inclusively throughout the election period, honouring its commitment to Malawi’s citizens and all political parties.
As has been noted in the European Union’s Observation report, these elections have been transparent and inclusive to define solutions to address the challenges that arose,” he said.