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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 17:26

Chakwera is ready to accept defeat, but expects to win

Written by  Mlenga Mvula and Modester Sekeleza

Lilongwe, May 20: The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, on Tuesday said he would accept any outcome of the general elections despite expecting a win.

Chakwera was speaking to journalists soon after casting his vote at Malembo Primary School in Lilongwe North West Constituency where he also contested as parliamentary candidate.

“I’m ready to accept the outcome of the election as long as it will be free and fair and I will take what Malawians’ desires are.

“As a man of God, I will believe that it’s the will of God for me to win or lose,” Dr. Chakwera said.

He also urged political divides to refrain from indulging themselves in violent acts, saying as Malawians there was need to respect other people’s rights irrespective of different political ideologies.

Dr. Chakwera, who arrived at the polling centre at exactly 9:40 a.m., expressed gratification on the way the voting process was being conducted at the polling centre and that he also exercised his voting right.

“As a true statesman, I urge all political divides to refrain from indulging themselves in ugly scenes as witnessed at Lilongwe District Council’s Office last Sunday whereby people wanted to torch vehicles belonging to Lilongwe City Council on suspicion of rigging.

“We need to be tolerant to one another in order to live in harmony,” he cautioned.

Malembo Polling Centre had over 2, 300 voters registered for this year’s tripartite elections and the voting process was delayed due to some logistical problems caused by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

Chakwera is one of the 12 presidential candidates and voted at the school as one of the parliamentary contestants and represented MCP.



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