24 May 2014

Malawi: MEC to Recount Ballot Papers Manually

Photo: European Union Election Observation Mission
Voters in a queue at Kanjedza School in Blantyre.

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has announced that due to anomallies faced in the vote tallying process, it will do a manual recount of ballot papers.

Speaking at a press conference at Comesa Hall in Blantyre commissioner Emmanuel Chinkwita-Phiri announced that MEC discovered that there were more votes cast when compared to registered voters.

Phiri stated that the commision had met with representatives from different political parties among whom were the United Democratic Front (UDF), Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Peoples Party (PP).

MEC further stated that it will discuss with the different parties the plan on how to recount the votes next week, and meet again with the parties at 2PM on sunday 25th May 2014.

The commission added that its commissioners and managers will oversee the process, whilst political parties will ensure quality monitors and high level representation will be provided.

The vote counting that has been in progress for the past week will continue. When all votes have been counted a final comparison of the manual recount of ballot papers and the sheets sent by returning officers will be done.

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