Recount Offers Best Way Out of Malawi Election Disputes

Washington

Eight days following elections in Malawi, results have not yet been announced due to alleged irregularities with the voting process and a series of court challenges. The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is investigating allegations of fraud and has begun a manual recount of all votes. As some political parties challenge the MEC’s decision to delay announcement of the results pending this recount, Freedom House released the following statement:

“These elections can reflect the will of the Malawian people if the Electoral Commission is allowed to carry out an unimpeded and properly monitored recount,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs at Freedom House. ''At this stage, President Joyce Banda and the leaders of the opposition parties should support the Electoral Commission’s efforts to deliver results that are credible and verified within the shortest time possible. All parties should also respect the independence of the judiciary and act responsibly during the recount, as perceived manipulation of this process could shatter the peace that Malawi has enjoyed for so long.”

Malawi is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2014 and Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Malawi, visit:
Freedom in the World 2014: Malawi
Freedom of the Press 2013: Malawi
Freedom on the Net 2013: Malawi
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