The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has urged all political players in Malawi to maintain peace during the electoral process and ensure that the election is credible.
In a statement issued on Monday through his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, on Malawi’s presidential elections that took place on Tuesday, Guterres urged all players to uphold human rights and freedoms during the electoral period.
“The Secretary-General calls on all political actors and stakeholders to renew their commitment to credible and peaceful elections, while observing all preventive measures against the spread of Covid-19.
“The Secretary-General underlines the importance of refraining from violence and hate speech, and of upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms,” he said.
Guterres also reiterated the support of the United Nations to the people and Malawi Government in their efforts to consolidate peace, democracy and sustainable development.
Malawi held fresh presidential elections this week following annulment of May 2019 disputed presidential elections by the country’s Constitutional Court.
Meanwhile, a consortium of local electoral observers has condemned some violence that has been reported on the voting day.
Catholic Commission for Peace Justice Boniface Chibwana disclosed that they have reported some of the cases to relevant authorities.
And the chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission Justice Chifundo Kachale disclosed to have received complaints from both the democratic progressive party and the Malawi Congress Party.