Malawi hosts SADC electoral bodies Conference amid tensions

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By Wezie Nyirongo Chamanza

The Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC is from today hosting a high level SADC conference on elections, amid the disputed May 21 presidential poll results.

The weeklong 21st Annual General Conference of the Electoral Commissions for SADC countries (ECF SADC) is being held in Blantyre.

The event starts this morning with the State Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji officially opening the conference.

“Alongside the conference, there will also be a one-day international seminar,” says MEC Chairperson Jane Ansah in a statement.

This seminar will be held under the theme “Enhancing the Credibility of Elections through Observation”.

Malawi is hosting the conference at a time its electoral body Chairperson is under pressure to resign fore what Civil Society Organisation leaders term as failure to manage the May 21 Presidential Poll result.

The conference will also be the first time Ansah who is the current ECF SADC President, makes a public appearance, since the calls for her resignation began.

The ECF SADC is a network of electoral management institutions from 16 SADC countries, with Malawi currently holding the Presidency for the Forum.

The countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Zimbabwe.


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