Tight race in Malawi Presidential poll – ‘Big Question’ results
Results of the ‘Big Question’, a social-economic poll run by BNL Times, have shown there might be a tight race in Malawi’s 2014 presidential elections, if the political dynamics do not change.
This follows voting through mobile phone Short Message Services (SMS) and the Times media website which show that Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika are top popular candidates amongst our readers and surfers of our website.
From 25, 265 weighted average votes from our SMS and website platforms, Chakwera scooped 27.21 percent almost running neck to neck with Mutharika who scooped 27.06 percent of the total votes polled.
United Democratic Front (UDF) torch bearer in the next year’s elections, Atupele Muluzi, amassed 23.27 percent of the votes while President Joyce Banda scooped 22.32 percent. A fraction of a percentage of the votes were null and void.
With each candidate scoring more than 20 percent of votes and less than 30 percent, the road to 2014 can at this point in time best be described as a tight race amongst the presidential candidates.
For the last two weeks, BNL Times has been calling on readers to say who they would vote for if elections were held now through our website and SMS platforms that were specifically linked to the four candidates that were polled.
To vote for President Banda readers were supposed to send a text message written ‘PP’ to 52014. Those that have voted for Chakwera sent the word ‘MCP’ to the same number; while the word ‘DPP’ was the vote for Mutharika and ‘UDF’ for Atupele Muluzi.
BNL Times Managing Editor, Brian Ligomeka explained in the last week interview that the results are not any endorsement of a candidate
“The Big Question is not there to further the political agenda of any party or candidate and, be rest assured, it cannot be manipulated into a political tool of any political party now, in 2014 or thereafter,” he said.
Ligomeka said people are free to interpret the outcome of the Big Question the way they want.
“But we look at the outcomes as the views of our readers and followers at the moment. People are free to extrapolate the results the way they feel most comfortable to do,” he said.
The Big Question is a platform for Malawians to have their say on political and economic developments that impact their lives. Ligomeka said the Big Question is not driven by a desire to promote the agenda of any political party, be it in government or in opposition.