Germany backs electoral reforms
With less than two years before 2019 tripartite elections, the Germany government has expressed its support of Malawi’s electoral reforms.
Speaking on Tuesday during a reception marking 27 years of reunification of Germany, the Germany Ambassador to Malawi Jürgen Bosch emphasised the need for Malawi to have a new electoral system.
“All of us gathered here tonight support Malawi’s high effort to get the national electoral system fit for these elections,” Bosch said
His remarks come after EU Election Follow-Up Mission on 2014 elections recently also recommended reforms in the national electoral system.
According to the ambassador, with time running out to the elections, all the necessary bills need to be gazetted in line with the recommendations of the EU Election Follow- Up Mission.
He said Germany is pleased to see that the Political Parties’ Bill is ready to be discussed in Parliament in November.
However, the ambassador applauded Malawi government for successfully coping with the largest and longest humanitarian challenge in its history for the past years and that the country is now moving ahead in a favourable macro-economic environment.
Minister of Education, Bright Msaka, assured the government of Germany that Malawi is committed to ensuring culture of democracy and that government is already engaged in consolidation of electoral reforms.
“Government of Malawi has taken into account the comments and opinions of the European Union electoral observation mission and the consultations recently held in the country. In the spirit of democratic governance to which we are committed, government remains open to the process of constructive engagement with all stakeholders for the advancement of our democracy,” Msaka said.
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