Commonwealth says Malawi has demonstrated resolve to chart own democratic path  –

The  Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland  has  congratulated and Government of Malawi for what she described as resolute commitment to democracy and to the rule of law demonstrated in the conduct of the June 23, 2020 election.

Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

The country voted in a new government last Tuesday, with Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) taking 58.57 per cent of the votes. It was a dramatic reversal of the result of the original election in May 2019, which was later overturned by the courts. The repeat vote was regarded by analysts as a test of the ability of African courts to tackle ballot fraud and restrain presidential power.

Chakwera and his vice-president Saulos Chilima were sworn into office on Sunday.

The MCP has been in opposition for 26 years.

“Malawians have demonstrated to the world a resolve to chart their own democratic path in the constitutional way,” secretary general Scotland observed.

“I congratulate the Malawi Electoral Commission, political parties, security forces, religious leaders, civil society groups, the media, and all national stakeholders for playing their respective roles in advancing their country’s democracy.”

Scotland has also commended former president, Peter Mutharika for his leadership over the past five years, and said she was looking forward to his continued collaboration with the Commonwealth on the promotion of fundamental political values.

With regard to observing the rule of law, the secretary general advised that grievances be pursued through the prescribed legal channels.

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3 years ago

Rt. Honorable pls don’t start it, No grievances here , we are all safe and warm do not instigate it into our people. Long live democracy, long live Malawi. GOD Bless Our Land of Malawi.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
3 years ago
Reply to  monosile

Also tell her to never send her tourists to observe our elections in the future. We’re capable of doing it without needing any foreign witnesses/observers.

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