Unofficial results in two by-elections in the northern Malawi district of Mzimba show the countryâ€™s ruling Peopleâ€™s Party (PP) candidate leading in one constituency and an independent candidate turning tables in another.
PP candidate in Mzimba South West constituency Raymond Nkhata, by 2:25 am on Wednesday, had polledÂ over 9 822Â votes against James Ntharaâ€™s 4 000 plus.
In Mzimba Central, results from 24 centres out of 32 showedÂ independent candidate Mavuto KachaliÂ leading with 7, 326 votes, while Â PPâ€™s Aaram Beza follows closely withÂ 6, 000 plus votes.
Candidates from other parties such as the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) trailed far behind.
Chancellor Collegeâ€™s political scientist Blessings Chinsinga has since said the possible win of the ruling PP in one constituency will give the party confidence as it approaches the 2014 general elections.
Another political analyst, Dr Augustine Magolowondo, agreed with Chinsinga but cautioned PP against being complacent following the results.
The Electoral Commission (EC) has expressed satisfaction with voting process in the Mzimba by-elections, saying it was peaceful with a good turnout.
EC Electoral Services Committee chairperson the Reverend Emmanuel Chinkwita