SADC, AU on spotlight over Malawi elections

Analysts and independent observers have urged the Southern African Development Community and the Africa Union election observer missions to take note of rigging allegations against the ruling Democratic Progressive party (DPP) which have marred the otherwise peaceful polls held in May 21.

Several Malawi Electoral Commission officials were arrested after the main opposition Malawi Congress Party officials effected citizen arrests on archtects of rigging.

This development comes at a time when MCP has already held a press briefing on Saturday afternoon declaring its candidate Lazarus Chakwera a the winner of the tripartite elections.

MCP says its candidate has polled close to over two million votes compared to incumbent Peter Mutharika’s 1,9 million votes.

The peaceful election has been marred by allegations of rigging in favour of Mutharika and DPP.

Some independent analysts said Malawi is tense as the nation awaits MEC’s official results.

“SADC and AU is under pressure to issue a statement over the raised rigging allegations.

“There is no way this election can be declared free, fair and credible,” said one of the analyst.