Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has been appointed to lead Commonwealth observer group to Malawi’s watershed and second Tripartite Elections on May 21.
According to a statement from the Commonwealth secretariat , the 13-member Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) is being deployed by Commonwealth secretary general Patricia Scotland following a request from the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).
Among others, the group comprises of politicians, diplomats and law experts from various Commonwealth countries.
Scotland said in a statement that conducting credible elections through which citizens can choose their leaders and representatives freely in a peaceful environment is “a fundamental part of a healthy democracy and in a collective strength of Commonwealth member states.”
She said the Commonwealth will be present in Malawi to observe the elections and work closely with the country’s authorities to consolidate its democracy and strengthens and embed good practice.
The observer group will examine preparations for the elections, before observing the voting process, vote-counting procedures and announcement of the final results.
Malawi was the 19th country to join the Commonwealth shortly after independence from Britain.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :