The Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) Election Mission Observers on Saturday evening contradicted their chairperson President Joyce Banda, on the credibility of the May 20 Tripartite Elections.
The mission, through its representative Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is Ethiopian foreign minister, has described the elections as “peaceful, free, transparent and credible”.
On the other hand, Banda declared that the election “null and void” and called for a fresh vote within 90 days. However, an in junction was obtained to stop the directive.
Reading the report at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre just hours after Banda’s declaration, Nandi-Ndaitwah said the elections were held in a peaceful way, giving everyone a chance to vote.
“We have been in the country and we have observed how the elections were held and our stand is that they were peaceful, free, transparent and credible,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
While admitting that there were some irregularities, Nandi-Ndaitwah insisted that irregularities registered are not worth to discredit the results of the elections.