Lilongwe — President Dr. Joyce Banda has called upon the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to find a proper platform of announcing the elections results rather than relying upon radio stations.
Briefing members of the press in Lilongwe on Thursday, President Banda said continued announcements of results by radio stations might tantamount to misinforming the public on the true reflection of the poll results on the ground, thereby creating a false impression of the possible winners of the polls.
"I wish to urge MEC 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," she said.
The President also said it was not proper for the radio stations to announce results while some people were still voting.
Meanwhile, MEC has not yet started announcing the official results of this year's tripartite elections, saying it would only start announcing the results after getting 30 per cent of the total votes from polling centres.
Currently, results of the 2014 tripartite elections are being announced by MEC's accredited radio stations which include Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) and Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Television while other radio stations are feeders.
The President also expressed concern over the crash by the information system that the Malawi Electoral Commission intended to use for the management of the results which she said rendered the elections body unable to deliver the poll results on time.