SPEECH ON ELECTION RESULTS, MEC CHAIRMAN, 23 MAY 2004
- Fellow Commissioners
- Head and Representatives of Foreign Missions
- Members of the Civil Society
- Chief Elections Officer
- Members of the Press
- Ladies and Gentlemen
I consider it an honour for the Commission to officially announce the results of the May 2004 Parliamentary and Presidential Elections.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, allow me, before I go any further to give glory to the Almighty God for being with us throughout the electoral process and the violence free election period. This is evidenced by the spirit of tolerance and love that reigned in our midst throughout the electoral process.
I now wish to proceed to declare the results of the 2004 General Elections. Let me encourage you to continue with this spirit of love. For the winners, I congratulate you and please celebrate peacefully. To those who have lost, I would like to request you to accept defeat after all in an election, some win some lose.
In this election the Malawi Electoral Commission registered 5,742,747 people.
About three million voted in the election.
The Presidential Election
There were five candidates contesting in the presidential race:
Following this result, I Justice James Barnabas Kalaile Sc, Chairman of the Malawi Electoral Commission hereby declare, Honourable Dr Bingu wa Mutharika winner of the 2004 Presidential Elections.
National Assembly Elections
On the Parliamentary race, the elections took place in 187 constituencies out of the 193 constituencies. Polling did not take place in 6 constituencies due to various reasons that occurred after nominations before the polling date. These reasons will be furnished later.
The winners in this election will be in a separate document to be provided to you.
Appreciation to Stakeholders
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, allow me at this point to express my thanks to various rolls players who have assisted us in the administration of these elections.
Thank you for your attention.