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Malawi Tripartite Elections, 20 May 2014

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The report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for Malawi tripartite elections held on 20 May 2014. The mission was chaired by Lt Gen Mompati Sebogodi Merafhe, former Vice-President of Botswana and was comprised of 11 members in total.

These were the first tripartite elections in Malawi’s history, simultaneously providing elections at the presidential, parliamentary and local government levels, and marked an important step in Malawi’s journey to further consolidate democracy. The group found that the elections were conducted in a credible and transparent manner and offered a number of recommendations to further improve the electoral process.

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Campaign and the Media

According to the MEC electoral calendar, the official campaign period ran from 21 March to 18 May 2014. The Commonwealth Observer Group was able to observe only the last stages of the campaign period, but, during consultations with stakeholders, the group was informed that the campaigns took place in a generally peaceful and calm atmosphere. However, there were reports of isolated cases of unrest: in one instance before the official campaign period in early March, two people died when supporters of rival political parties clashed during a rally.

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