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.



The Political Environment

The immediate pre-election political environment in Swaziland was devoid of the high-pitch ‘electoral fever’ that is observed in multiparty dispensations. Understandably, this is because of Swaziland’s unique political system, the tinkhundla-based system, in which political representation is on the basis of individual merit rather than through political parties.


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