Blantyre: There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel as Malawi Electoral Commission of Malawi says it is ready to announce the results as it has received and tallied all results of the May 20 elections.
Justice Maxon Mbendera, Chairperson of MEC made the announcement at a press briefing held at the National Tally Centre in Blantyre.
Mbendera said the Commission is waiting on the judgement of a case at the High court which will determine whether the results will be announced on Friday or whether there will be a vote recount. The ruling is expected anytime not later than 4pm on Friday.
Justice Mbendera also said the commission has received over 280 complaints on the electoral process and has managed to process 187 of the complaints. He added that the remaining complaints will be commented on in the report to be compiled later.
Responding to a question from the BBC on whether the Commission will use the votes from the 58 constituencies that have registered anomalies, the Chairperson said at the moment the Commission has used the votes with the queries. Mbendera said if the court allows them extend the time to announce the results then it will enable the Commission to do away with the ‘suspicion’ that has been identified in the constituencies.
Over the past few days there have been many court applications for injunctions and vacations of the same from various political parties restraining the MEC from halting the entry of results and going on with a voter recount. The hearing of the case will be held tomorrow, Thursday, May 29. The ruling will be made on Friday, May 30.
Justice Mbendera extended his gratitude to all stakeholders like Civil society, the media, political parties, election observers and Public Affairs Committee (PAC) for their support in the electoral process. He also called upon Malawians to maintain peace and calm whatever the ruling on the case may be.
According to the Presidential and Parliamentary act MEC is obliged to announce the results of the election eight days after the last polling day which, in this case was on Thursday 22 May.