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An electoral official briefs Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera on arrival to vote in the presidential elections at the Malembo polling station in his home village at the traditional Authority Khongoni in Lilongwe on June 23, 2020.

Malawians Head Back to Voting Polls in Historic Re-election

Malawians will be casting their votes yet again after the country's Constitutional Court ruled that the May elections of 2019 had been rigged.

Malawians are casting their votes today after the Constitutional Court annulled the results of the May, 2019 elections due to rigging, Aljazeera reports. Judges made the ruling based on evidence presented to them which included tally sheets which had been tampered with using correctional fluid. Malawi is the second African country after Kenya to ever annul a presidential election over irregularities.

READ: Malians Heading to Voting Polls Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

Current President Peter Mutharika, continues to seek a second term in office with his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). His biggest opposition is Lazarus Chakwera, leader of a coalition party that enjoys the support of nine political parties in Malawi. Last year, President Mutharika won 38.6 percent of the vote and was followed closely by Chakwera who secured 35 percent and former Vice President Saulos Chilima who managed to secure 20 percent. Following the election results, both Chakwera and Chilima led the charge with regards to the appeal process.

BBC reports that Mutharika has promised Malawians better economic development should they elect him into office saying, "If you give me another five-year term, this country will develop to the level of South Africa or Singapore, London, America or Canada."

Chakwera, on the other hand, is confident that the "50 plus one" system that requires presidential candidates to obtain more than 50 percent of the vote, will work in his favour.

Voters will be making their voices heard for a second time amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. One 34-year-old voter named Innocent Maguya says, "People really want to vote, whether we have coronavirus or not." Maguya adds, "We would rather risk the disease than run the risk of having a president that people don't want. We cannot stop this crucial vote because there are no face masks."

Currently, Malawi has a total of 803 coronavirus cases with at least 11 reported deaths, according to BBC's Coronavirus in Africa tracker.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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