MEC chairperson defends DPP-UDF Commissioners

Justice Kachale

The Malawi Electoral Commission has dismissed rumors that the delay in releasing results for the June 23 presidential election is due to resistance and lack of corperation by some of its Commissioners.

A rumour has been circulating on social media alleging that some MEC Commissioners are holding the Commission at random by refusing to sign for the results until the issue of a complaint raised by the DPP-UDF Alliance (which nominated them) on the harassment of its monitors is resolved.

On Wednesday the Commission announced it had resolved to refer the complaint to security agencies.

The results so far

Briefing the press MEC chairperson Justice Chifundo Kachale dismissed the stories saying the commissioners are working well together, despite their differences which are to be expected in a democracy.

Kachale further explained that the delay in processing results is due to the fact that the Commissioners are trying to ensure that they comply with the court ruling that nullified they May 21 2019 election.

Following the judgment the Commission is expected to scrutinise all null and void votes among other things.

The High Court judge further said the Commission decided dispel the rumours to put the matter to rest and so the Commissioners can continue to discharge their duties ably and serve Malawians.

MEC has so far released results for 14 or half of Malawi's 28 districts, representing 30 percent of the total votes cast.

The MEC chairperson further said they remain on course to announce the winner of the election before close of business on Saturday. 

Unofficial results show that Lazarus Chakwera of MCP has won the election with about over 59 percent why the incumbent DPP Peter mutharika has got 39 percent.