MESN Chair elected GNDEM Vice Chair
The Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) Chairperson, Steve Duwa, has been elected the Vice Chairperson of the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM).
The election took place in Bali, Indonesia at the Third Electoral Stakeholders Forum.
The Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) is a worldwide reaching network of over 253 members that includes regional networks, national networks and individual nonpartisan election monitoring organisations from 86 countries on 5 continents.
As a global network, it seeks to advance the methodologies for systematic, fact-based election monitoring and to advance the capacities of regional networks and nonpartisan election monitoring organizations through sharing of knowledge and interactive communications among members.
Apart from being the Chairperson for MESN, Duwa also serves as the Chairperson for the Electoral Support Network for Southern Africa (ESN – SA).
The Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) would like to express its serious concerns with the delay in appointment of new Commissioners for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).
As it is well known, the term of the old Commissioners expired on 18 May, 2016. It is also the case that the President assured the nation during his meeting with the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) on 21 April, 2016 that come 18 May, 2016, „the Malawi Electoral Commission would have new Commissioners and there would be no vacancy‟.
However, MESN has noted with worry that a week after the date that the President assured the Malawi nation that there will be new commissioners, they are yet to be appointed.
This development is very worrisome as it will affect preparations of the 2019 tripartite elections because legally there is no Commission in place at the moment to oversee the day to day affairs of the Commission and the electoral process.
MESN would like to call upon the President to exercise the powers conferred upon him by the Electoral Commission Act section 4(1) to appoint new Commissioners as a matter of urgency. MESN would also like to remind the President of the promise he made to the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and the people of Malawi that the new commissioners would be in office by 18 May, 2016 and there would be no vacancy in the offices of the Commissioners.
The Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) recognizes the announcement by the Law Commission that it has appointed a special Law Commission to review the country’s electoral laws. MESN views the appointment as an important step in ensuring an inclusive process and a legal framework that promotes credible, genuine and democratic elections in Malawi.
MESN applauds the transparency in the announcement of the members CLICK THIS LINK TO READ THE FULL REPORT
The National Task Force on Electoral Reforms (NTER) has said all stakeholders wishing to get updates on the progress of the electoral reforms process should contact the Law Commission.
The Task Force has also said those wishing to get information about what it has gathered to date should check the Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) website www.mesnmw.org and the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) website www.mec.org.mw for the Electoral Reforms and Recommendations Paper.
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