News / Africa

Malawi President Calls for Vote Audit

Malawi president Joyce Banda waves to the crowd gathered in Lilongwe for the official launch of her electoral presidential campaign, March 29, 2014 in Lilongwe. Malawi president Joyce Banda waves to the crowd gathered in Lilongwe for the official launch of her electoral presidential campaign, March 29, 2014 in Lilongwe.
x
Malawi president Joyce Banda waves to the crowd gathered in Lilongwe for the official launch of her electoral presidential campaign, March 29, 2014 in Lilongwe.
Malawi president Joyce Banda waves to the crowd gathered in Lilongwe for the official launch of her electoral presidential campaign, March 29, 2014 in Lilongwe.
James Butty
A spokesman for Malawi President Joyce Banda says although partial results of Tuesday’s elections gave opposition leader Peter Mutharika a narrow lead, it doesn’t mean the president is losing the vote.

However, Presidential Press Secretary Steven Nhlane says President Banda is concerned about the release of results while people are still voting in some parts of the country.

This comes after President Banda Thursday called on the Malawi Electoral Commission to carry out an immediate manual audit of the vote counting process.

She said there are some “serious irregularities” in the counting and announcement of results.

Press Secretary Nhlane said the irregularities the president refers to include vote rigging, ballot tampering and multiple voting.

“The president is concerned that there have been some irregularities. The first has to do with the fact that materials were not delivered in time resulting in some polling stations not opening on voting day; also the fact that results are being announced while people are voting. She felt that could influence the trend. She also felt that in many instances, there were more votes than were registered in some particular polling stations,” he said.
                   
Nhlane said that as a result of the alleged irregularities, President Banda has asked the Malawi Electoral Commission to conduct an immediate manual audit of the vote counting process.  He denied President Banda is losing the vote.
 
“It’s not that she is losing in the vote count. Of course in the votes that have so far been counted, it is the other candidate that has taken early lead, but that does not mean she is losing. I think we can only say she has lost after all the votes have been counted. But what she was concerned about  is that certain things have not been done well and that there is need, for example, to stop the release of unofficial results while some people are still voting,” Nhlane said.
 
Local reports late Thursday said a court rejected a request from the ruling People’s Party to stop the electoral commission and other broadcasters from announcing official and unofficial results.
 
In another development, opposition candidate Peter Mutharika, the brother of the late President Bingun wa Mutharika reportedly said security agents were sent to search his house for a “hacking machine”.
 
Nhlane said police surrounded Mr. Mutharika’s house but did not enter it. He also said President Banda did not talk about a “hacking machine” but was concerned about the fact that the phones of some ruling party monitors did not work as they were supposed to.
 
“The only concern that she had was that some monitors’ phones for the ruling party were hacked or could not perform as they were supposed to. They could not communicate.
 
The ruling PP party also alleges that the Malawi Electoral Commission’s digital election management platform had been hacked by supporters of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party of Peter Mutharika.
 
The electoral commission acknowledged it experienced some logistical challenges, but said it is dealing the difficulties. The commission also reportedly said its digital election management platform experienced technical problems but was never hacked.
Butty interview with Nhlane
Butty interview with Nhlanei
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

Turkey: No Ransom Paid for Release of Hostages Held by IS Militants

President Erdogan hails release of hostages as diplomatic success but declines to be drawn on whether their release freed Ankara's hand to take more active stance against insurgents More

Audio Sierra Leone Ends Ebola Lockdown

Health ministry says it has reached 75 percent of its target of visiting 1.5 million homes to locate infected, educate population about virus More

US Pivot to Asia Demands Delicate Balancing Act

As tumult in Middle East distracts Obama administration, efforts to shift American focus eastward appear threatened More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Larry Edwards from: USA
May 23, 2014 2:16 PM
No audit nor recount is needed and Banda ought to know better than asking for one because the results will be the same. She wasted her time in office sucking up for foreign aid and homosexual acceptance when she should have been about the economic development of the country based on its natural resources alone.
Hit the road, Joyce and good riddance.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Natural Gas Export Plan Divides Maryland Towni
X
Deborah Block
September 21, 2014 2:12 PM
A U.S. power company that has been importing natural gas now wants to export it. If approved, its plant in Lusby, Maryland, would likely be the first terminal on the United States East Coast to export liquefied natural gas from American pipelines. While some residents welcome the move because it will create jobs, others oppose it, saying the expansion could be a safety and environmental hazard. VOA’s Deborah Block examines the controversy.
Video

Video Natural Gas Export Plan Divides Maryland Town

A U.S. power company that has been importing natural gas now wants to export it. If approved, its plant in Lusby, Maryland, would likely be the first terminal on the United States East Coast to export liquefied natural gas from American pipelines. While some residents welcome the move because it will create jobs, others oppose it, saying the expansion could be a safety and environmental hazard. VOA’s Deborah Block examines the controversy.
Video

Video Difficult Tactical Battle Ahead Against IS Militants in Syria

The U.S. president has ordered the military to intensify its fight against the Islamic State, including in Syria. But how does the military conduct air strikes in a country that is not a U.S. ally? VOA correspondent Carla Babb reports from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Iran, World Powers Seek Progress in Nuclear Talks

Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, known as the P5 + 1, have started a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports that as the negotiations take place in New York, a U.S. envoy is questioning Iran's commitment to peaceful nuclear activity.
Video

Video Alibaba Shares Soar in First Day of Trading

China's biggest online retailer hit the market Friday -- with its share price soaring on the New York Stock Exchange. The shares were priced at $68, but trading stalled at the opening, as sellers held onto their shares, waiting for buyers to bid up the price. More on the world's biggest initial public offering from VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York.
Video

Video Obama Goes to UN With Islamic State, Ebola on Agenda

President Obama goes to the United Nations General Assembly to rally nations to support a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. He also will look for nations to back his plan to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. As VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports, Obama’s efforts reflect new moves by the U.S. administration to take a leading role in addressing world crises.
Video

Video Migrants Caught in No-Man's Land Called Calais

The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean this week has only recast the spotlight on the perils of reaching Europe. And for those forunate enough to reach a place like Calais, France, only find that their problems aren't over. Lisa Bryant has the story.
Video

Video Westgate Siege Anniversary Brings Back Painful Memories

One year after it happened, the survivors of the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall still cannot shake the images of that tragic incident. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf tells the story of victims still waiting for the answer to the question 'how could this happen?'
Video

Video Militant Assault in Syria Displaces Thousands of Kurds

A major assault by Islamic State militants on Kurds in Syria has sent a wave of new refugees to the Turkish border, where they were stopped by Turkish border security. Turkey is already hosting about 700,000 Syrian refugees who fled the civil war between the government and the opposition. But the government in Ankara has a history of strained relations with Turkey's Kurdish minority. Zlatica Hoke reports Turkey is asking for international help.
Video

Video Whaling Summit Votes to Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt

The International Whaling Commission, meeting in Slovenia, has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean. Conservationists hailed the ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale hunt in 2015. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid