Malawi’s ruling party, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Friday called for a second presidential rerun as unofficial tallies show incumbent President Peter Mutharika losing to the opposition leader.
The party cited irregularities and intimidation in this week’s rerun vote.
Malawians went to the polls on Tuesday for the second time in 13 months after the constitutional court nullified the initial May 20, 2019 presidential election over mass fraud.
According to reports, unofficial tallies gave opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera a dominant 60% lead, with the incumbent Mutharika trailing on 39%.
DPP Administrative Secretary Francis Mphepo said in a statement, “We wish to highlight several incidents that may potentially affect the integrity and credibility of the presidential election results.”
The party listed polling stations from which their monitors were allegedly excluded and said more than 1.5 million votes had been marred by “violence and intimidation”.