Malawi opposition obtains injunction to stop release of election results

Malawi's President Peter Mutharika casts his vote

Malawi's President Peter Mutharika casts his vote

The Malawian High Court ordered the MEC not to release results of the presidential vote until a judicial review of the complaints had been heard and results from 10 districts were verified.

Another opposition presidential contender, Malawi's Vice President Saulos Chilima, has called for results to be annulled over "serious anomalies" reported during vote counting.

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it is not aware that preparations are underway for President Peter Mutharika's swear-in ceremony.

The High Court injunction was obtained by Chakwera amid scores of complaints filed with the commission by various parties over the election process.

Chakwera on Wednesday warned of alleged attempts to rig the vote, saying his MCP had conducted its own count and this, he maintained, showed he was ahead.

The DPP lawyers have teamed up with the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) legal team which was fighting for the vacation of a court injunction against announcement of the presidential poll results.

This comes hours after the commission said it had reached an agreement with all contesting parties to halt the announcing of results until all complaints and anomalies have been cleared out.

Speaking at the press conference Saturday, Commission Chairperson Jane Ansah said although the commission has looked into the complaints, she could not continue announcing the final results.

"We are here all the time tabulating results of the elections", she said. "The commission will wait for this process to be concluded before announcing the results".

The MCP turned to the courts because of what spokesman Eisenhower Mkaka described as "very glaring irregularities" on results sheets turned in from polling stations.

Mutharika's governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won 62 seats while the largest opposition MCP won 55.

During the briefing, Ansah also urged Malawians to remain peaceful as they await results of the elections. "We should not allow fraudsters to hold this country at ransom".

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