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Malawi Prepares for Presidential Re-run Election

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Incumbent President Peter Mutharika(left) and Opposition’s Candidate Lazarus Chakwera(right)

Malawians return to the polls for a re-run of the Presidential Election, five months after the Constitutional Court annulled results of a disputed vote last year.

Incumbent President Peter Mutharika had initially been declared  winner of the May 2019 election with a slim victory, gaining 38.5% of the vote.

But opposition Leaders challenged the results in court citing massive irregularities as  Judges agreed with their submissions, nullified the results in February and ordered a repeat of the election.

The opposition has united under a single candidate and will take on President Mutharika, who is running for a second term in office.

The vote will pit the incumbent, Mr Mutharika, against Lazarus Chakwera, a former evangelist, who plans to unseat the ruling Democratic Progressive Party that was formed in 2004 by the current president’s brother.