President Banda claims electoral fraud, calls for vote audit

President Joyce Banda on Thursday addressed a news conference claiming her People’s Party (PP) has evidence that election has been rigged and that they have submitted to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) their case.

Banda said there were “gross and unwarranted allegations of rigging, misinformation and negative propaganda all aimed at undermining the credibility of the electoral process.”

She said: “ I am further concerned to learn that the information system that the Malawi Electoral Commission intended to use for the management of the results of the poll had crashed rendering the Electoral Commission unable to deliver the poll results on time.”

Banda addressing a news conference
Banda addressing a news conference

Banda said PP has presented “specific details” of the irregularities to the Electoral Commission.

She said some of the irregularities were non inspection of the voter register at some polling centres, thereby resulting into multiple voting.

Banda noted that there were serious anomalies where some candidates were winning by voters whose numbers exceeded the total number of the registered voters at the centres.

She also claimed opposition used information technology “to block communication devices of some monitors, and thereby limiting the monitors’ ability to effectively carry out their duties.”

Banda called for a manual recount of the votes tallied.

“In light of these concerns and concerns emerging from other stakeholders which includes other political parties, I call upon the Malawi Electoral Commission to carry out an immediate manual audit of the whole process.

“ I further wish to urge Malawi Electoral Commission to ensure that it only allows the accredited media houses to announce only those results that are verified and are coming from MEC’s official platform,” said Banda.

She appealed for calm until the MEC determines the outcome of the poll results.

During the news conference President Banda also read out her former minister Kamanya’s suicide note in which he alleged DPP people Maya Makita and Ben Phiri threatened to kill him.

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