MEC chair Kachale clarifies on null and void votes in Malawi rerun

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Dr Chifundo Kachale says the commission has a Constitutional mandate to re-look at null and void votes from all the polling stations because they have an impact on the final results.

MEC Chairman Kachale gives his update on elections in Blantyre-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Observers cross check MEC documents at College of Medicine in Blantyre-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana (3)

Speaking Friday in Blantyre at the tally centre during a media update on the status of the electoral process, Kachale urged Malawians to keep calm as the confirmation of null and void votes was being done.

Kachale said he wanted to keep records straight before announcing the winner.

“Section 97 of Elections Act gives the commission mandate to relook and determine the null and void votes,” he said, adding that the commission was trying not to do anything outside the law.

He added that the Constitutional Court emphasized on following the law, hence the commission’s wish to take that into serious consideration.

“The task of determining null and void votes is huge, as such, we cannot cut corners though we know that Malawians are eagerly waiting,” he said.

The MEC Chairperson, therefore, assured the nation MEC was trying its best to complete the task to the satisfaction of Malawians

“Forgive us if we are not working to people’s expectations but we are making everything possible to have clean results,” Kachale added.

Meanwhile, MEC has processed results of seven districts, including Mangochi, Rumphi, Neno, and Ntchisi.

Mangochi had 231,659 votes of which 5,002 were null and void. Of the remaining 231,464 votes, Dr Lazarous Chakwera of MCP got 33,293, Peter Sinosi Kuwani of MMD got 2,630 votes and Arthur Peter Mutharika of DPP got 195,531.

The district recorded 5,002 null and avoid votes of which 51 were corrected with Chakwera getting additional five, Kuwani two and Mutharika 44.

Rumphi District recorded 65,488 votes, of which 319 were null and void.  MCP got 55,513 votes, MMD got 747 votes and DPP got 8,909 votes.

“Out of the nullified votes, nine were corrected and all were added to Lazarous Chakwera of MCP,” he explained.

Ntchisi had a total of 93,972 votes. MCP got 88,985 votes, MMD got 369 votes and DPP got 3740.

The district registered 880 null and void votes with 65 being corrected by the commissioners, thereby Chakwera getting extra 55, Kuwani two while Mutharika got eight.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
3 1 vote
Article Rating

Sharing is caring!

Follow us in Twitter
5 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

mwina Amwenye akanavota zikanawathandizila a DPP ndikaesa tili nao amwenye who are fake or genuine indian malawi origin khaya!!!!. sanavote amwenye mudziko lino yet they have been given every opportunity than the born and bred indegenous Malawians. I mean Malawians.
koma ngati anavota pa A5 khaya cocongaconga kodi ndi momwemo!!!
anywaya tikalandile ma fone tsopano

Kandulu
Kandulu
7 months ago

While I support this move, it needs to only become essential if the candidates were neck on neck, but Chakwera has over 1 million votes compared to Peter so even IF all null and void votes are given to Peter nothing will change so let us just focus on genuine votes and announce the results, null and void could be added later or we can leave it to DPP to look at them later. MCP and UTM do not need these votes, please donate them to DPP.

Kaitano Kagalu
Kaitano Kagalu
7 months ago
Reply to  Kandulu

Kikkkkkkkkk they should just donate right?

Chi
Chi
7 months ago
Reply to  Kandulu

It’s a good ideal but laws and regulations are supposed to be followed….. management of thee results

Wikleaks
Wikleaks
7 months ago
Reply to  Kandulu

The issue here is about irregularities. These thugs were chasing DPP monitors so that the stuff the boxes.

shares
Read previous post:
Analysts credit Chilima as architect for Malawi ‘change’ and Tonse victory

Vice President Dr Salous Chilima's campaign and marketing prowess has significantly contributed to vote success of  Dr Lazarous Chakwera and...

Close