MMD retains Mkaika seat with landslide

MMD cadres sing outside DEC offices
MMD cadres sing outside DEC offices

The opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has retained the Mkaika Parliamentary seat.

MMD’s Peter Phiri has polled in 9,054 votes to beat his closest rival David Phiri of the Patriotic Front (PF,) who trailed a distant second with 1,712 votes.

In third place is Nigel Mpakateni of the National Restoration Party (NAREP) with 161 votes followed by Nelson Mwale of the United National Independence Party (UNIP) in the fourth position with 136 votes.

The Mkaika constituency has 33 polling stations in which 11, 295 votes were cast.

A total of 232 votes were rejected.

The Mkaika by-election came about after PF’s David Phiri, who was then an MMD member of parliament and deputy Minister in the PF government, defected to the ruling PF.