Non-legislative electoral reforms that were being advocated for will finally be implemented in the by-elections coming on 1 November and other subsequent elections including the 2019 election.
On Friday, 14 October, 2016, the Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN), the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and Political Parties under the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) met in Lilongwe where they presented their agreement to the public through the media and jointly signed it.
The event took place at Crossroads Hotel.
At the event, MESN Chairperson was joined by Commissioner Mrs Jean Mathanga of MEC who is also the Chair of Electoral Services at the Commission and Honourable Ibrahim Matola, MP who is the Chairperson of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy. The three presented the Communique to the public.
The public was duly represented by media professionals who came from print, broadcast and online media. There were also members of the civil society and development partners.
The issues that MEC has agreed to implement as part of its administrative reform are to do with the registration and verification of voters, the delivery of civic and voter education, the delivery of election day materials, as well as the management and transmission of results.
MESN has been advocating for the improvement of the four areas as it had established from experience that those areas usually presented challenges to the electoral process in the country.
MEC indicated that it was willing to implement the reforms and was committed to improving the electoral process in the country.
On the other hand, CMD indicated that they would form a taskforce to track the progress on the implementation of the reforms so that the issues agreed upon would not simply be swept under the carpet.