The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) staff members work to tabulate and tally votes heavily guarded by military personnel at the National Tally Center. Photo: AMOS GUMULIRA / AFP
The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) staff members work to tabulate and tally votes heavily guarded by military personnel at the National Tally Center. Photo: AMOS GUMULIRA / AFP

Malawi’ electoral body on Saturday could not announce the final results of presidential election after the country’s main opposition party was granted an injunction by a court restraining the electoral body from announcing the results.

The main opposition party Malawi Congress Party (MCP) sought an injunction and was granted a court order restraining the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) from announcing the results as it wanted to first clear the irregularities of votes in some districts where anomalies have been noted.

The irregularities include untallying figures and use of tippex to make corrections on some figures.

Justice Jane Ansah, MEC chairperson, said the electoral body would respect the decision of the court and would not announce the final results until the court issue has been concluded.

“The commission has been served with an injunction stopping us from announcing results of presidential election. The commission will wait for this process to be concluded before we announce the results. For that reason, today we will only announce results for parliamentary seats,” she said at the National Tallying Center.

The electoral chief said the management of election results has been transparent and accountable following the hiring of external auditors who have been able to spot out mathematical errors, adding that results announced so far reflect the will of voters. Enditem

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