MEC turns down DPP complaint

Null and void

The Malawi Electoral Commission says it has turned down a complaint by the Democratic Progressive Party, to examine votes classified as null and void.

According to the MEC chairperson Justice Chifundo Kachale, the DPP had complained that the Commission was conducting the exercise without consulting political party representatives.

But in response, at a media briefing on Thursday night MEC said verifying null and void votes is a mandate of the Commission.

"The Classification of the null and void votes is done at the polling station. It is witnessed by all electoral stakeholders including party representative. The Commission is not counting the votes at this stage.

"All party representatives who were at the polling stations received copies of the brief summary of results. Under section 97 of the Act, the Commission is simply affirming of correcting the decision of presiding officers. The decision of the Commission in this activity is being shared with the public and all stakeholders have the liberty to verify. The Commission has therefore dismissed this complaint," said Justice Kachale. 

With official results for six districts announced on Thursday night, MEC has so far recouped a negligible number of votes most of them for the DPP candidate, which so far are not likely to impact the final results.

Unofficial results show that Malawi Congress Party candidate Lazarous Chakwera has won Malawi's presidential election by over 58 percent against 38 percent by the incumbent Peter Mutharika.

DPP had earlier lodged a complaint over the alleged harassment of it's monitors in the central region.

The matter was referred to security agents by MEC who have since said they are looking into it.