Malawi oppposition calls for ballot recount


Opposition leaders in Malawi are already crying foul, calling for a recount in some of the constituencies with preliminary results showing that current President Bingu Wa Mutharika had taken lead in election race.

The opposition has claimed widespread irregularities which it said it had uncovered. Amongst the issues raised by opposition members, were for instance that ballots were not kept well in some constituencies before the tallying.

The main opposition, the Malawi Congress Party alleged that ballots were being delivered to centres in unsealed envelopes making it easier and open for fraud.

According to preliminary results Mr Muthakira, who is seking a second term against an opposition alliance, of former president Bakili Muluzi and John Tembo’s parties, was reported to be leading by more than 840,000 votes, against less than 260,000 for the alliance. Some 6 million Malawians were registered for the 2009 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Afrol News

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