With Tuesday’s local government by-elections results in Mulanje South-East Constituency and Mangochi North-East Constituency showing governing Democratic Progressive Party and its ally the United Democratic Front heading for victory, the Malawi Congress Party has attributed the result to violence that marred the polls.
The Malawi Electoral Commission—Mec held the polls in Milonde Ward in Mulanje and Malindi Ward in Mangochi, two areas considered strongholds of the DPP and MCP.
Speaking to Newsline MCP Director of Elections Maxwell Thyolera said the campaign period in Milonde ward overshadowed by violence that led to voter apathy.
According to Thyolera, some MCP supporters from Milonde ward did not go to vote as alleged DPP supporters had beaten them up.
He however said the party has done well in Mangochi.
In his remarks, Chancellor College-based political analyst Ernest Thindwa said the electoral results would not be surprising considering that UDF and DPP have a strong backing in the two districts the elections took place.