Contrary to media reports suggesting that the May 20th Malawi elections had been declared as "free, fair and credible" by the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM), the observer body says its preliminary findings had been misrepresented.
The EU EOM, in response to widespread attacks from a section of the media, released a statement to deny claims that it endorsed the elections and clarified the issues earlier raised during their news conference where they presented their preliminary findings. They maintain that the statement made by chief observer, Veronique De Keyser, did not contain the words "free, fair and credible".
According to the statement issued by Silvia de Felix, Media Analyst and Public Outreach Officer for EU EOM, "the Chief Observer clearly stressed, in the beginning and at the end of her speech, that the EU EOM is currently observing this process and will only be in a position to present its final assessment once the elections are concluded."
The statement also revealed that "the mission will publish a final report with a comprehensive assessment of the electoral process, including recommendations, a few weeks after the conclusion of the electoral process."