MEC says no rush to announce results of Malawi presidential race

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says the presidential vote results will be made public when they have tallied 30 percent and then 70 percent but called for patience from stakeholders.

MEC chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera told reporters Wednesday morning that they will not make the results public until they are verified.

He said the official results received through its vote tally centre in Blantyre had not reached 30 to enable MEC make a first announcement.

“We have not yet received the results at 30 percent,” said Mbendera.

Mbendera: We will not be rushed
Mbendera: We will not be rushed

“As a commission we’ll not be rushed in announcing the results,” the MEC chairperson told reporters. “We ask you to be patient.”

He said the commission has nullified results in centers where some materials were burnt.

Polling in centres where voting failed on Tuesday were underway on Wednesday, according to Mbendera.

Mbendera also said MEC had been flooded with a number of complaints.

Hundreds of local and international observers are monitoring the vote.

Malawi uses the first-past-the post electoral system – the presidential candidate with the most votes is declared the winner and there is no provision for a run-off.

In the parliamentary race, 193 seats are up for grabs. Candidates will also contest 462 local council wards.

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