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The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) for the Tripartite elections in Malawi deployed today 28 long-term observers throughout the country. Prior to their deployment, the long-term observers received an in-depth briefing in Blantyre on the electoral background, political environment and other topics.
The EU EOM is led by Chief Observer Miroslav POCHE, a Member of the European Parliament from Czech Republic, who will undertake his first visit to Malawi from 22 April 2019.
The Deputy Chief Observer, Mark Stevens, explained: “The long-term observers will cover all 28 Districts, looking at both urban and rural areas. They will observe the entire electoral process prior to, during and after the vote on 21 May. The observers will be meeting electoral officials, candidates and representatives from political parties, civil society and the media”.
32 short-term observers will join the mission shortly before the election day. In total, more than 80 observers - from EU Member States and Norway - will be following the voting and counting operations on 21 May.
“The EU EOM conducts a comprehensive analysis of the electoral process based on a well-established methodology, developed by the EU over more than two decades. It focuses on aspects such as the legal framework, the work of the election administration, the campaign activities of the candidates and political parties, the conduct of the media, the voting and counting, the tabulation of results and the resolution of election related disputes. The Mission is impartial and does not interfere in the electoral process”, further explained Mark Stevens.
The EU EOM will issue a preliminary statement shortly after the election day and will remain in-country until mid-June. A final report - with technical recommendations for future elections - will be published at a later stage.
The European Union was invited to deploy an election observation mission by the Malawi Electoral Commission and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The EU EOM is independent from the EU institutions and EU member states. It is committed to remain neutral and to abide by the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and the Code of Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as the laws and regulations of Malawi.
(Photo: EUEOM/Eldson Chagara)