...to be announced
Still waiting on the announcement of the official results of the Presidential Election in Malawi, there is increasing speculation of how each of the 4 front runners have done. Yesterday's elections were subject to logistical problems, delayed voting and in some areas there were pockets of election related violence.
As the Malawi Nation (newspaper) continues to publish the unofficial results of the presidential election, it would appear that the DPP and Peter Mutharika could be the front runner. Unofficial results and exit polls can be problematic though - in the most part these appear to be taken from urban polling stations, most of Malawi is considered to be rural.
Whilst the press continues to speculate about the future Presidency of Malawi, I wonder what these figures really suggest. It's probably reasonably safe to suggest that the allegations of rigging by the PP haven't come to anything - surely if the allegations were true the PP would be showing leads even in the unofficial results.
The news is dubbing the elections as "chaotic" and highlighting the instances of violence in some areas across Malawi. Whilst logistical problems have caused some problems, including the issue of a lack of voting materials to some polling stations, the majority seem to have been problem free. The scenes of violence from Blantyre were in Ndirande, an area with a reputation for trouble, as one commentator @Thembinkosi said on twitter
"the scenes from Ndirande are not dissimilar from the scenes when a big soccer match is on!"
So whilst we wait on the official results, it's good to see that voting in areas such as Ndirande and others which suffered delays and disruption yesterday are continuing today without problems. The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) have undoubtedly had challenges to overcome and problems to fix along the way.
According to the MEIC twitter feed the MEC will start to release
"progressive preliminary results at 30% and 70% before the final announcement" @MEIC_2014
As we are asked to be patient and wait for the official results - I leave you with the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education"