Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Thursday evening failed to update the nation on voting results, attributing the development to complaints the Commission had received.
MEC Chairperson, Justice Dr. Jane Ansah, told the media, monitors, observers and other electoral stakeholders that the Commission received complaints over results manipulation in Mulanje and Nsanje districts, compelling them to delay their determinations as they looked into the complaints.
She said this at the national tally center, COMESA Hall, in Blantyre.
“We have had to dedicate a great deal of our time to address alleged irregularities and to investigate and resolve some of these complaints according to the Commission’s mandate to ensure that the results brought to you are accurate,” she said.
According to Dr. Ansah, the Commission had received a complaint that at Goliati School in Thyolo East Constituency, a total of 11,388 people had voted against 6,088 registered voters.
“The complaint also included that again, in Magunda Court in Thyolo East, 1,891 voters voted while the total number of registered voters was 1,346. A team from MEC head office was sent to investigate the matter. The Commission confirms that the allegations of 11,388 votes cast at the Goliati School are incorrect. The polling centre received 5,700 ballot papers; A total of 5,287 votes were cast; 16 ballot papers were cancelled or spoiled; And 351 ballots were unused. The centre registered that none of the votes were considered null and void. The Commission has dismissed this complaint for lack of merit,” she said.