Malawi elections boss to lead African Union observers in Swaziland

Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera will lead Africa Union Observers team to Swaziland Parliamentary Elections.

A statement from Mec  states that Justice Mbendera will lead a team comprising members from Pan-Africa Parliament, the AU Parliament representatives committee, electoral management organisations and civil society organisations.

Justice Mbendera said the appointment was an honour not only for him but also Malawi electoral body.

“The AU has 54 member states and they could have appointed anyone from these. The fact that they have settled for the Mec Chairman to lead the team it shows they appreciate the credibility of our institution and in me as a person,” Justice Mbendera said.

Justice Mbendera

Justice Mbendera

“This will be an opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other as we prepare for 2014 Tripartite Elections.”

Mec has also sent commissioner Stanley Billiat and Director of Electoral Services Henzily Munkhondiya as obervers under Sadcc Electorl Commissions Forum who left for Swaziland on Wednesday.

Justice Mbendera will join the two in Swazialnd on Sunday.

In another development, former Malawi president Bakili Muluzi will also head  Commonwealth Expert team to observer the Swaziland Elections.

Muluzi was appointed by Commonwealth Secretariat to lead the team for the elections scheduled for September 20.

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