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Mesn to deploy 772 election monitors

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With about seven months to next year’s tripartite elections, Malawi Electoral Support Network (Mesn) has stepped up efforts to achieve inclusive electoral process by deploying 772 election monitors.

Speaking at a training of 44 monitors from Chiradzulu and Machinga Districts, Mesn National Coordinator, Andrew Kachaso, said four monitors will be deployed in each constituency to help expose challenges being faced by women in order to give early warnings and call for action towards strengthening women’s political participation throughout the electoral cycle.

“We have recruited about 386 monitors but we are also in the process of doubling the figure to 772 monitors. These monitors apart from monitoring the on-going BVR [Biometric Voter Registration], will also cover issues of Violence Against Women in Elections.

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“We have put in place mechanisms to ensure the monitoring reports are shared to relevant stakeholders and the general public for their intervention so as to encourage women to participate in the electoral processes come 2019 elections,” he said.

Meanwhile, the network, which has 27 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on last week, released its first report on monitoring ‘Vawe and Phase 5 BVR’.

The report among others shows that during the political primary elections of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), women candidates faced intimidation, a development that has forced the network to ask political parties to provide a conducive environment for women participants in primary elections.

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