Britain urges Malawi to conduct credible elections: ‘Results should reflect will of the people’

The British government has urged Malawi to conduct free, fair and credible elections whose results should reflect the will of the people for the consolidation of the country’s democracy.

Leslie: Britain expects Malawi conducting a credible elections that reflects the will of the people
Fabiano: Malawi will hold the most peaceful elections
Leslie (2nd right), US Ambassador Virginia Palmer (r), Fabiano (c) and other guests during the celebrations. -Photo by Benson Linje, Biritsh High Commission

British High Commission Charge d’ Affaires, Gary Leslie told journalists on Monday in Lilongwe during the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Commonwealth.

He said Britain, one of the major cooperating partners for Malawi, are looking forward to see the southern African country, its former colony, conduct a peaceful, fair and credible election.

“We expect to see the will of the people reflected in the results of the elections. We would like to see free, fair and balanced election campaigning that reflects the will of the people would be reflected,” he said.

Leslie said Britain expects Commonwealth election observers’ team to come into the country soon.

The British envoy also said he has been impressed with “well- balanced” elections reporting by the mainstream media as well as online Nyasa Times, saying it is the best he has seen in recent past.

He said it was pleasing to not that there is great number of first time voters who are willing to exercise their democratic right to vote in an election.

“It is up to Malawi to impress upon the youth to decide on the countries future by encouraging them to participating in the voting processes,” the Charge d’ Affaires noted.

He encouraged the parties to capture the youth imagination, saying it is key to successful inclusive elections.

In his remarks, Minister of foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Emmanuel Fabiano assured that this will be  “the most peaceful elections that we will have in Malawi.”

He said political parties are focused on issue-based campaigns , concentration on issues that affect people.

“Am  pleased to say that a number of international observer missions are willing to observe the elections. Commonwealth Secretariat is planning  to send a team to beef up with other observer missions of European Union (EU), African Union, Southern African Development Community (SADC),” Fabiano said.

Three Commonwealth members states from SADC region namely, Malawi, South Africa and Mozambique are hold their general elections this year.

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Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
3 years ago

Dausi ndiye anali mtsogoleli kuocha ma vote boxes. Finye

3 years ago

And you Colonial pieces of shit must respect your Brexit referendum before you come here with your entitled asses to lecture us about democracy…. In other words, kindly fuck off, accordingly.

Kapado Chimuthawirenji

AU and SADC observers have always been disappointing by showing their bias towards the incumbent. They have become irrelevant, giving an impression that we Africans have failed to manage our own affairs. I would like to think we are not yet independent. I would have expected to hear this advice from either of these two bodies – they are just waiting for the polling day to come and report that the election were fair, effectively endorsing the candidate already in power as they used to do with Zimbabwe elections despite all the anomalies there.

3 years ago

Are the Reports that MEC offices in Lilongwe have been broken into and some Computers stolen True?MEC should beef up Security… Last Time Anthu Amenewa Anatowotcha Warehouse to Prevent Recounting of Votes…

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