The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has declared Willard Gwengwe who contested on Malawi Congress Party (MCP) ticket as winner in the Dedza Central Constituency by-election.
Gwengwe amassed a total of 7, 913 votes against his runner-up Jacob Kaumphawi who stood on an Independent candidate and got 7, 361 votes.
Announcing the results on Friday in Dedza, MEC Chairperson Justice Chifundo Kachale said there was a total of 47,713 registered voters in the Constituency, out of which 15, 898 turned out for polling representing 33.34 percent voter turnout and total void votes were 221 representing 1.39 percent.
He said: “To those who, unfortunately, did not emerge victorious in this by-election, we want to emphasize that in a democratic system, there is always another opportunity. Take this moment to reflect on your campaign, gather feedback from your constituents, and use this experience to better prepare for the next election.
“Winning is not the sole measure of success in politics; your commitment to your community and your dedication to representing their interests are what truly matter.”
Kachale described the poll as a credible one that has met legal requirements and international best practices generally as far as free and fair elections are concerned.
“The Commission monitored the voting that took place on 16th November 2023. We are satisfied that voting was conducted in an environment where the electorate were free to elect a candidate of their choice without fear and intimidation.
“We are also confident that the results we have announced reflect the democratic will of the voters,” Kachale said.
Dedza Central Constituency fell vacant following the death of its Member of Parliament, Daniel Chiwere on 17th July 2023.
The Commission organised the by-election to fill the vacancy, so that people should continue to have representation in the National Assembly in accordance with section 23(1) of the Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government Elections Act.