Arrival of results progresses well— Malawi Electoral Commission

The Malawi Electoral Commission says the arrival of results has progressed well since yesterday.

MEC’s Chairperson Maxon Mbendera told reporters at the National Tally Centre in the commercial capital Blantyre that as of 8 a.m this morning the commission captured results into its system from over 12 percent of polling centres.

“The Commission is expanding its staff and facilities at the National Tally Center to further speed up data entry. From this point forward we will prioritize entry of presidential results. As the day progresses, we will continue to provide results to political party monitors for verification”, he said.

Mbendera (right) and commissioner Emanuel Chinkwita

Mbendera (right) and commissioner Emanuel Chinkwita

Mbendera said the Commission will announce those preliminary results when it receives 30% of the national results.

“However, let me emphasize that the Commission will not be hurried to announce results. We will ensure that we are exact and that every complaint received is addressed and resolved.”

He says the Commission has received 135 complaints to its Complaints Handling Unit and has already contacted back most of those that have submitted complaints.

“Those that have not yet been contacted back will be contacted soon.”

He however said MEC is maintaining a register of complaints at the Complaints Handling Unit and is methodically assessing and resolving these complaints and asked those with complaints to present evidence to support their concerns.

He maintained that the Commission will announce the final results within eight days as required by the law.

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