Swaziland National Elections, 20 September 2013

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The report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission for the Swaziland National Elections, held 20 September 2013. The Mission was led by Dr Bakili Muluzi, former President of the Republic of Malawi, and was comprised of 5 eminent persons.

The Commonwealth Observer Mission found that the elections were generally well organised, but fell short of meeting Swaziland’s key international obligations for democratic elections. The Report makes a number of recommendations for the government, Elections and Boundaries Commission and other stakeholders to consider with a view to improving future electoral processes.



Preparations for the Elections

Adequate preparations for national elections are fundamental at both administrative and technical levels to enhance the credibility of the process and to meet the standards for democracy to which Swaziland has committed itself. This was the second election held under the 2005 Constitution, hence the need to continue to consolidate best practices on relevant electoral procedures and processes.


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