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MEC and Mbendera Dismisses Rigging claims

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Lilongwe, Malawi: President Joyce Banda of Malawi addressed a news conference claiming her People’s Party (PP) has evidence that election has been rigged

Banda said there voting and counting process has not been fair  due to gross allegations of rigging and negative propaganda. She went on to say that she is 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 said PP has presented “specific details” of the irregularities to the Electoral Commission. Banda  has then called for a manual recount of all votes.

However MEC chairman Mr Max Mbendera has rejected and dismissed the call to recount all votes,  Mbendera has  said the current counting system has not been rigged and that all results are being verified by observes before they are announced. He went on to announce that results will be announced with 8 days as required by law.

MEC Chairman, Mbendera

MEC Chairman, Mbendera

In their preliminary assessment of the election, European Union  and Commonwealth observers said it had been “peaceful, orderly and transparent”, although there had been “serious shortcomings” in the distribution of election material and “isolated incidents of violence” because of the delays.

Around 7.5 million people were eligible to vote in the fifth elections since the end of one-party rule 20 years ago.

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