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Malawi president wants vote recount

Blantyre, Malawi - Malawi's president is demanding a vote recount after alleging a national election this week was marred by rigging, though the election commission has dismissed the allegation.

President Joyce Banda said Thursday that irregularities included a failure to inspect voter registers at some polling centers, efforts to prevent election monitoring and the hacking of the electronic counting system in the impoverished African country.

Malawian President Joyce Banda votes in her home district of Malemia. She has declared this week's chaotic election null and void. Picture: Eldson Chagara. Credit: Reuters

The country's election commission says the vote was fair and that it will have a “clear picture” of the outcome in the next few days.

Banda faced a field of 12 candidates in Tuesday's elections, which were troubled by scattered unrest. Banda was vice president and came to power in 2012 following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika. Mutharika's brother, Peter, was a prominent challenger to Banda.

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