Mesn parallel tally verifies MEC presidential results

Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN), who on the polling day, May 21, deployed 907 observers to conduct a parallel vote tabulation (PVT) at all polling stations and polling streams throughout  the country, says Malawi Electoral Commission’s official presidential results are consistent with its own parallel tabulation.

MESN PVT team at work at National Data Centre at Mount Soche Hotel

Mesn  announced, in a statement, incumbent President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as winner with between 36.4 and 40.8 percent of the votes, while Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) scored between 32.8 and 37.4 percent of the votes and UTM Party’s Saulos Chilima got between 18.8 and 21.4 percent.

“The PVT can independently verify that the official results for the presidential election as announced by MEC reflect ballots cast and counted at polling streams,” says Mesn as it essentially corroborated MEC results, announced by the commission’s chairperson Jane Ansah.

“While PVT does not provide evidence that the presidential results have been manipulated, the PVT results data cannot definitively determine the order for the two leading candidates because of the overlap in the estimated ranges,” reads the statement in part signed by Mesn chairperson Steve Duwa.

It said  PVT observers reported that there were party representatives for Chakwera/MCP at 96 percent and for Mutharika/DPP at 99 percent of sampled polling streams for the counting of presidential results.

“At 96 percent of sampled polling streams with a Chakwera/MCP party representative, the person agreed with the official polling stream presidential results while at 95 percent of polling streams with a Mutharika/DPP party representative, the person agreed with the official polling stream presidential results.”

It also indicated that at 96 percent of sampled polling stations, an MCP party representative signed the official presidential results form while at 99 percent of sampled polling stations a DPP party representative signed official presidential results form.

MESN is a registered network of 27 non-governmental and faith-based organisations in Malawi and was formed with the core objective of facilitating coordination among civil society organizations engaged in election monitoring, civic and voter education in Malawi and a platform for dialogue, advocacy and lobbying on electoral matters.

Since its establishment in 2003, MESN has successfully observed the 2004 and 2009 parliamentary and presidential elections as well as the 2014 Tripartite Elections.

For the 2019 Tripartite Elections, MESN deployed nearly 1,400 volunteers across the country to observe on Election Day and prior to that it deployed 57 long-term observers to all 28 districts who provided structured observation of the pre-election period as part of its PVT initiative.

MESN also deployed 386 observers to all 193 constituencies during biometric voter registration and, subsequently, to observe instances of violence against women in elections under the Gender Elections Engagement Room.

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Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
2 years ago

This is where MESN showed lack of expertise coz the 2019 election simulated cheque payment, in that we wright a number & words to match but once we erase a figure u sign let alone paste tippex then the cheque is disowned completely so y did these auditors allow pasted cheque?

Eddie M
Eddie M
2 years ago

This verification is not useful because the ranges overlap. 37.4% for Chakwera and 36.4% fits in the range, for example.

Charlie Hebdo
Charlie Hebdo
2 years ago

Am I surprised that MESN results tally with those of MEC? No. Because they are coming from the same source. The same contested, tipexed tally sheets. Only a vote recount can bear different results. Why is it that when a ballot paper is messed up, it is declared null and void but it seems there is nothing wrong when the tally sheet is done the same? If I were employed as a bookkeeper by someone and I provide my employer tipexed records, wouldn’t my employer have suspicions on these records? Wouldn’t he want to ascertain the records by going back… Read more »

Aluweka
Aluweka
2 years ago

Useless

Kapado Chimuthawirenji

Ndalama ndi satana. If the whole MEC has been palm-oiled, what would stop the crooks to do the same with MESN?

Chengana
Chengana
2 years ago

Izotuuu!

Tatiana
Tatiana
2 years ago

Why changingredients results now. Money is really root……

Cyrus
Cyrus
2 years ago

This is very misleading (intentionally or otherwise) MESN are taking about percentages of sampled polling streams/stations verified. That is mid-leading and besides the point. Out of dozens of polling stations in the country, most had no issues. Nobody is disputing that. A few polling stations in certain districts had issues with tally sheets and Tip-ex. As a **percentage of polling stations** they might be few. But as a **percentage of total votes/ballot papers**, this can be high; as these districts/polling stations have high voter numbers. Nsanje, Mulanje, Lilongwe etc. I can’t tell if MESN has deliberately released such mis-leading statistics… Read more »

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
2 years ago

zaziiii you say you can not verify that the results were manipulated yet we see tippex al over the results. Any sensile person can see that.

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