- Opposition leaders in Malawi are already crying foul, calling for a recount in some of the constituencies with preliminary results showing that current President Bingu Wa Mutharika had taken lead in election race.
The opposition has claimed widespread irregularities which it said it had uncovered. Amongst the issues raised by opposition members, were for instance that ballots were not kept well in some constituencies before the tallying.
The main opposition, the Malawi Congress Party alleged that ballots were being delivered to centres in unsealed envelopes making it easier and open for fraud.
According to preliminary results Mr Muthakira, who is seking a second term against an opposition alliance, of former president Bakili Muluzi and John Tembo's parties, was reported to be leading by more than 840,000 votes, against less than 260,000 for the alliance. Some 6 million Malawians were registered for the 2009 presidential and parliamentary elections.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.