Malawi electoral body warns against unofficial results

(BBC) Malawi’s electoral commission has warned against the release of unofficial results following Tuesday’s presidential election re-run.

Malawians have been keenly following TV and radio news, and checking social media as vote counting and tallying continues.

The commission has about a week to announce the results.

It said it had only received results from eight out of 5,008 polling centers by Wednesday. The results are being manually taken to the national tally center in the southern commercial hub, Blantyre.

The hotly contested polls were held after the Constitutional Court annulled the narrow victory in 2019 of President Peter Mutharika.

More than 6.8 million people were registered to vote in the election.

There were claims of violence in parts of the country on voting day but analysts said the exercise was largely peaceful with an “impressive voter turnout”.

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