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Malawian minister kills himself allegedly after losing elections

Malawian minister kills himself allegedly after losing elections

According to a BBC report, outgoing deputy Local Government Minister Godfrey Kamanya shot himself at home.

Heard of a minister committing suicide after losing an election? Perhaps, it has never happened in India. But a Malawian minister has killed himself, police say, even as results are still awaited from Tuesday's general elections. According to a BBC report, outgoing deputy Local Government Minister Godfrey Kamanya shot himself at home.

The minister's spokesman denied reports that his suicide was linked to him apparently losing his parliamentary seat. Official results have not yet been declared in what is expected to be a tight presidential race.

The BBC's Raphael Tenthani in Malawi said the electronic counting system had broken down in some areas and votes were being collated manually in these places. Mr Kamanya left a suicide note at his home in the capital, Lilongwe, asking President Joyce Banda to take care of his daughter and provide for her education.

Counting was being done manually because the electronic system was "refusing to take the information from the ground where data clerks are stationed to send the results", chief elections officer Willie Kalonga told the AFP news agency.
first published:May 22, 2014, 15:36 IST