MEC chair Kachale says Malawi rerun had international observers

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Dr Chifundo Kachale has said the Tuesday fresh presidential elections had “international observers” through foreign missions in the country.

Kachale: We had  international observers placed throughout the country

Kachale told journalists reacting to the absence of international observers at the fresh election.

The MEC chairperson said the commission invited international observers and they responded positively including the European Union (EU).

However, he cited travel bans due to the Covid-19 pandemic as one of the factors leading to the absence of international observers in the fresh election.

“The discussion around absence of international observers should also not pay blind eye to the effect of travel bans due to Covid-19. Being international guests, it meant it would have been a requirement for them to be subjected to a two-week quarantine or self-isolation period.

“ The Commission can safely assume that the absence of international observers is attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

Kachale said observers included;  European Union, Dan Church Aid, UNDP, Zimbabwe Embassy, Zambia High Commission,  Tanzania High Commission, Mozambique High Commission, Embassy of Japan, South Africa High commission,  British High Commission, United States Embassy and International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES).

“It should be noted that these international observers are resident in Malawi,” said Kachale.

Since the annulment of the May 21 2019 presidential election, some Malawians have been expressing reservations on value-addition the international observers bring to the elections.

A 2020 Pre-election and Governance Survey conducted by the Zomba-based Institute of Public Opinion and Research (Ipor), found that most Malawians have no trust in international observers compared to local ones.

Governance and political scientist Henry Chingaipe, commenting on the perceptions after Ipor released their findings, observed that the added value of international observers was almost zero.

“They do more tourism than observing the elections,” claimed Chingaipe in quoted reported by the local press.

National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) executive director Ollen Mwalubunju said it was high time the country started domesticating its elections and own them without international observer.

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Sue
Sue
8 months ago

The absence of international observers means alot and covid-19 is not an excuse for their failure to patronize this shit re-run. They knew that the evil is what drives the desperate oppositions. DPP won the previous elections and it was credible than the current one. The prof let us down for not acting in many issues that was supposed to be dealt with. To the oppositions it was a weakness. Your kindness has cost us and has put us in this situation. And this election is not won by mcp and mcp can’t beat the DPP. We will be back… Read more »

Election Tourists
Election Tourists
8 months ago

Mr Chairman , you are too polite, we don’t need them

Don't need them
Don't need them
8 months ago

Resident here or wherever we just proved that they are a useless bunch of tourists that have no business with our election

Nyekhwe
Nyekhwe
8 months ago

I really don’t understand why we are hell bent on international observers, we jusr proved that we don’t need them, our election was probably the best managed without foreign inter-fearance

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
8 months ago

Chairman Justice Dr. Chifundo Kachale has been so good so far. He is cool and collected.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
8 months ago

That’s true, we don’t need these TOURISTS in the name of observers anymore. We’ve done an excellent job without them around. Please NEVER ever invite them to observe future elections anymore. After all, who from Africa goes to observe their elections?

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