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European Union tracks 2014 tripartite elections recommendations

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The 2014 election European Union (EU) observer mission follow up team is in the country to see to what extent findings and recommendations of its observer missions have been addressed.

The team is expected to release its preliminary findings at a press briefing on Thursday.

Since the country’s elections of 1994, the EU has been deploying electoral observer missions and those missions report on what went well and raise a number of recommendations for improvement.

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Chief of election, on EU election follow up meetings, Birgitte Markussen, said the follow up is also meant to see what the prospects are for the next election to be better than previous ones and how the democratic process in Malawi can be strengthened.

Speaking at the opening of the stakeholders’ discussion on the prospective electoral reforms and the preparations for the 2019 elections in Lilongwe yesterday, Markussen said it is in the spirit of support for further positive development that the mission is in Malawi.

“Follow up meetings are something we are critically undertaking around the world, especially in countries where conditions warrant post-election engagement,” Markusen said.

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Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Chairperson, Jane Ansah, said the process of ensuring better elections should not be envisaged as the responsibility of the commission alone but all stakeholders including, government, Parliament, political parties and civil society organisations.

“We all have a role to play for the success of elections in Malawi. We recommend that on daily basis we should be asking ourselves as to what we can do together with the Malawi Electoral Commission to make the elections in 2019 a success,” Ansah said.

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