Malawi Electoral Commission pledges independence for 2014 polls

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Friday pledged to conduct an election that is both independent and transparent for the country’s 2014 Tripartite Elections.

Speaking during the launch of the commission’s Strategic Plan for 2013-2017 and the Voter and Civic Education Strategy at Hotel Victoria in Blantyre, MEC chairperson Maxon Mbendere noted that there need to be little doubt about MEC’s independence.

“The Commission shall carry out its mandate with independence and impartiality. The Commission will operate freely in its own best judgment without taking directives from or being controlled by any person or authority.  MEC shall at all times ensure that all electoral activities are open to public, judicial and governmental scrutiny,” he said.

Mbendera noted that MEC is obliged to create conduct a free and fair election.

Justice Mbendera: MEC to remain independent body
Justice Mbendera: MEC to remain independent body

“The Commission is committed to create and foster an environment conducive for holding of free, fair and credible elections. The Commission will implement all electoral programmes in an honest, transparent and truthful manner,” he said.

Mbendera also assured that MEC will ensure that Commissioners adhere to the set rules.

“We will take all reasonable measures to prevent willful wrong doing by Commissioners and staff. We shall endeavour to ensure total compliance with all electoral laws and other relevant laws of the country. It is our expectation that stakeholders will also comply with various codes of conduct and electoral laws.”

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