MCP’s Chakwela leads opinion polls

An opinion poll conducted by Malawi’s Blantyre Newspapers Limited has tipped Malawi Congress Party president Lazarus Chakwela to win the next year presidential elections.
The results from BNL’s the ‘Big Question’, a social-economic poll through mobile phone Short Message Services (SMS) and the Times media website indicates that Chakwera is the most popular candidate.
He got 27.21 percent votes out of 25, 265 weighted.
Following closely on position two is Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika with 27.06 percent.
United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi was third with 23.27 percent of the votes.
The poll pits President Joyce Banda at position four with 22.32 percent.
However, BNL’s Managing Editor, Brian Ligomeka has warned that these 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.
“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 election of Reverend Lazarus Chakwela as Malawi Congress Party president has rekindled some hope of resurrecting the country’s oldest political party back to its glorious days.
Delegates at the MCP Convention at Natural Resources College gave former president John Tembo a vote of no confidence and turned down a proposal to amend the constitution to allow him contest the position for a third term.
Later Chakwera ended up scoring 287 votes followed by former Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo with 169 and Chris Daza with 90 votes to take over the mantle from Tembo.
Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera born Apri 5, 1955 was until Masy this year Malawi Assemblies Of God President a position he has held since 1989.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) Degree from the University of Malawi in 1977 and got his honors degree (BTh)from the University of the North, Sovenga, South Africa.
In 1991 he got his masters (MTh, from the University of South Africa[3] The Trinity International University, in Deerfield, Illinois, USA awarded him a doctorate (D. Min) in the year 2000. The Pan Africa Theological Seminary awarded him Professorship in 2005.

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