If official election results processed by an electronic tabulation system, at which level results are entered into an electronic tabulation system? - Malawi

Country: 
Malawi
Question: 
If official election results processed by an electronic tabulation system, at which level results are entered into an electronic tabulation system?
Answer: 
A system with electronic tabulation at the polling station level (online) was attempted but failed during the 2014 elections
Comments: 

The MEC system was manual. Results are captured into a computer at constituency level and then send to higher level from there. MEC attempted the electronic system but it failed during the 2014 election and local pollying stations then had to resort to different, often manual, solutions.

 

 

Source: 

EU EOM Report: Malawi 2014 Tripartite elections, pg 28-29.

Tallying and Transmission of Election Results

For the 2014 elections, a new results management and transmission system was designed. As a safeguard measure, the software was designed to catch arithmetical errors and possible cases of over-voting, thus, it did not allow for data transmission in cases where the figures did not reconcile or the number of registered voters was higher than 800. MEC presented the results management system on 14 May to key stakeholders.

 

Upon finalisation of the counting process at the polling stations, result sheets were delivered in tamper evident envelopes by the presiding officers to the constituency returning officers based at the 35 local tally centres. Once at the local tally centre, the polling station results were supposed to be entered into the online results transmission system and transferred by internet to the national tally centre. Due to the high number of arithmetical errors in reconciliation and the ad hoc measures taken during the polling, in particular the merging of several polling streams triggered by lack of ballot boxes or other essential material, the transmission of results system by internet failed.

 

Following the failure of the online transmission system, local tally centres used different solutions for tallying results and transmitting them to the national level.

http://www.eueom.eu/files/pressreleases/english/EUEOMMALAWI2014_FinalReport.pdf

 

Phone conversation with national EMB official:

King Norman Rudi,
Regional Elections Officer

15/08/15
MALAWI. 

Tel: +2651880206

krudi@mec.org.mw