LILONGWE (Reuters) – Malawi’s ruling People Party has found “serious irregularities” in the counting and announcement of results from the southern African nation’s May 20 election, President Joyce Banda said on Thursday, raising fears of a disputed outcome and violence.
Reports included hackers breaking in to Malawi Election Commission (MEC) computers and ballot tallies exceeding the number of registered voters in some constituencies, prompting Banda to demand a manual count.
“It has come to my attention that there are some serious irregularities in the counting and announcement of results in some parts of the country,” Banda said in a statement.
“I call upon the Malawi Electoral Commission to carry out an immediate manual audit of the whole process,” she added, urging Malawi’s 13 million people to remain calm during the delay.
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