In Summary
  • The electoral body had on Friday suspended updating the tallies from the May 21 vote in order to resolve 147 complaints by some of the parties.
  • The Malawi Congress Party went to court after noticing what it claimed were irregularities in results from 10 of the country's 28 districts.
  • Opposition parties complained that figures on many sheets were altered using correction fluid.

Blantyre,

Malawi's High Court on Saturday ordered the electoral board not to announce presidential results until ballots from a third of the voting districts have been recounted, after opposition complaints of rigging.

The electoral body which has to announce the final results within eight days of voting, had on Friday suspended updating the tallies from the May 21 vote in order to resolve 147 complaints raised by some of the parties.

IRREGULARITIES

The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) of Lazarus Chakwera went to court after noticing what it claimed were irregularities in results from 10 of the country's 28 districts.

The court in the capital Lilongwe on Saturday ordered that "the announcement of presidential results is stayed until the results ... are verified through a transparent recounting of the ballot papers in the presence of representatives of political parties which contested the elections."

Opposition parties complained that figures on many sheets were altered using correction fluid.

MCP spokeswoman Eisenhower Mkaka said they turned to the courts because of "very glaring irregularities" noticed on results sheets turned in from polling stations.

MILES APART

Some of the documents showed "the same handwriting coming from different polling stations which are miles apart," she said adding there was "a lot of tippexing".

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