Malawi SOS for parallel vote tabulation

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera has announced that parallel vote tabulation will be allowed during the presidential and general elections taking place today in Malawi.

Justice Mbendera said PVT will enhance transparency during the counting of votes and reduce disputes because information about the vote-counting will be multi-sourced.

He however cautioned against issuing statements that would alarm the nation.

Justice Mbendera explained that the presence of PVT centres would ease the task of resolving disputes in the courts of law.

During a media briefing in the commercial capital, Blantyre yesterday Mr Mbendera said ballot papers had reached all the polling stations in readiness for the vote.

Mr Mbendera was happy that all political parties, including the governing PP had halted their campaigns in conformity with the electoral code of conduct.

Mr Mbendera congratulated the people of Malawi for tranquility exhibited during the campaigns.

He said all the  7,5- MILLION registered voters were eligible to vote even if they had sold or lost their voters cards as long as their particulars will be found on the voters register.

And a total of 60,000 voters have been weaned off the voters register for various reasons that included death.