9 May 2014

Southern Africa: SADC Parliamentary Forum Deploys 40 Election Observers to Malawi

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Supporters of different political parties mingle

Lilongwe — To ensure free and fair elections, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum (PF) has deployed a 40 member group to observe the May 20, tripartite and general elections.

The group which arrived on Friday is the 33rd election observation mission to be deployed to a SADC member state since 1999 when the SADC PF started observing elections.

According to a press release issued by the President of the SADC parliamentary forum, Adool Razack Mahomed Ameen Peeroo, the mission will be in the country from 9 to 23 May 2014.

"The SADC parliamentary forum announces the arrival of its 40-Member mission to observe the 20 May, 2014 tripartite elections. The arrival of the delegations follows the invitation by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)," reads part of the statement.

The 40 member group comprises of Parliamentarians from among other countries Angola, Swaziland Tanzania, Mauritius and Zimbabwe.

Secretary General of the SADC parliamentary forum, Dr. Essau Chiviya and the secretariat staff is also part of the mission.

"The mission will be trained and oriented on the context for the 2014 on Friday before being deployed to all the regions of the country to observe the polling and counting of votes.

"On Wednesday, May 21 the mission will reconvene in Lilongwe to compile and issue its interim statement which will outline the mission's findings, recommendations and conclusion on the credibility of the entire electoral process," states the report.

The observation process is believed to be anchored on SADC parliamentary forum's two election instruments namely the norms and standards for elections in the SADC and the benchmark for assessing elections in Southern Africa.

The mission will also use the SADC principle and guidelines on elections as well as other regional continental and international election instruments.

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