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Malawians defy social distancing guidelines amidst casting votes today

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Lilongwe, Malawi — Malawi’s local media has been sharing photos of voters queuing at polling stations without observing social distancing.

The electoral commission had urged voters to maintain a distance of two metres between each other.

Commission chairperson Chifundo Kachale had said polling stations would have water points where voters can wash their hands to avoid contracting coronavirus.

Malawi’s Times Media tweeted that some polling stations did not have the water points.

Malawi’s Zodiak Online tweeted that social distancing was the biggest challenge.

Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is also the opposition alliance running-mate, has voted.

Mr Chilima cast his vote at St Thomas Anglican Church in the capital, Lilongwe, at around 07:00 local time.

He was accompanied by his wife.

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Malawi is holding a repeat presidential election after last year’s election was nullified by the courts over widespread irregularities.

Nine opposition parties have united under Tonse alliance, with Lazarus Chakwera as their presidential candidate and Mr Chilima his running-mate.

President Peter Mutharika, a former law professor who taught in the US before becoming a cabinet minister, was first elected to Malawi’s top office in 2014. He is seeking re-election.

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