MESN to hold national post election review conference

The Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) will hold a three-day post election review conference to, among others, identify weaknesses and strengths in the delivery of the 2014 tripartite elections.

The conference, which will take place in Lilongwe from Wednesday June 25 to Friday June 27, also seeks to identify areas for electoral law review; develop an action plan based on the lessons learnt and suggest recommendations for future elections, particularly 2019.

The Network’s spokesperson Deogratias Mmana said in the just ended elections, MESN noted several challenges that crippled each stage of the electoral process, such as voter registration, nomination, tallying and announcement of results, among others.

MESN addressing a news conference

MESN addressing a news conference

At the end of the review conference, MESN will then develop a strategic plan for 2019 elections, document recommendations and proposals for electoral reforms in Malawi; while creating a platform for advocacy and lobbying of those reforms,” said Mmana.

Immediately after the post election review conference, MESN will support what it calls a National Electoral Reform initiative.

This, according to Mmana, will start with regional conferences in all the three regions of the country and end with a “National Conference on Electoral Reform” in July to take place in Lilongwe as well.

The National Conference will bring together international, regional and local experts on constitutional and electoral law.

MESN is a lead civil society network working on democratic governance and elections in the country.

It conducted Parallel Vote Tabulation in 2009 and 2014 which validated the official presidential results as announced by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

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