Why are Malawi’s official results taking so long? Analysis

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Emmanuel Igunza BBC News

The Malawi Electoral Commission has been scrutinising all the results forms being taken to the nationally tallying centre.

A strict protocol has been put in place: All the returning officers are escorted to the centre by security forces and once they hand over the results, they are checked again by a team that verifies if indeed they tally with what was announced at polling stations.

All political parties have observers at the national rallying centre, and if there is a dispute, it is addressed on the spot before the results can be processed and announced as official results.

This process is time-consuming but the electoral commission says it is important to make sure that the mistakes of the annulled May 2019 vote – and which are now notoriously refereed to as Tipp-Ex elections – are not repeated.

Despite the anxiety among Malawians keen for an announcement, many understand and back the electoral commission which has widely been seen to have overseen a smooth vote.