MEC appeals for calm amid vote count

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has appealed to Malawians to exercise patience as results are being transmitted to the national tallying center in Blantyre.

Malawians voted on Tuesday in presidential, parliamentary and local government elections.

Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon MEC chairperson Justice Dr. Jane Ansah said the commission had received partial results from the 28 districts of the country.

Dr. Ansah admitted that the results are trickling in at slow pace due to issues of balancing of figures in the district tallying centers.

“For your context I would like you to understand that elections results are written on Form 60 (a, b and c) as the first point of record from there the result is transferred to form 66 (a, b and c),” Dr. Ansah said.

She said the commission is proposing that forms are captured as is and passed through the system with known errors in the statistical section.

Dr. Ansah said the results that the commission is receiving are being verified by the auditors before endorsed by the Commission.

She disclosed that the commission has a backup plan if faced with network challenges in the transfer of results between the district tally centers and the main tally center.

Dr. Ansah therefore warned Malawians to exercise caution with unofficial results that are being posted on social media platforms.

“While some results reflect how people have voted and help shape the expectations, some are outright falsehood which can incite violence.

“Please check for the source of the information before acting on it.”

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