27 May Malawi recount of votes

Malawi’s electoral commission says it will not release the presidential election results because of a court injunction obtained by the main opposition party, the Malawi Congress Party. The party’s leader Lazarus Chakwera wants the electoral body to fix irregularities around the votes in some parts of the country where there have been huge anomalies and electoral disputes. Despite the voting process appearing to be well-managed, peaceful and transparent, the handling of the results has been chaotic. There have been complaints of forgery of result sheets. Electoral Chairwoman, Jane Ansah said the commission had received 147 complaints. The elections on Tuesday chose a president, lawmakers and municipal councillors, and the complaints related to all three tiers.

To assist us on the day’s discussion we speak to:
• Advocate Sipho Mantula a researcher at the Institute for Dispute Resolutions in Africa.
• Victor Chipofya, an independent political analyst.
• George Mhango is a Channel Africa correspondent.
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