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The Parliamentary and Presidential Elections in Malawi, 17 May 1994

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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Legal and Administrative Framework

As already indicated, one of the notable features in Malawi was the existence of carefully designed transitional mechanisms intended to facilitate national decision-making in the interregnum between the June 1993 national referendum and the elections of 17 May 1994. The legal structures which governed the organisation and conduct of the elections for the National Assembly and the Office of the President were thus designed to ensure free and fair multi-party elections. These structures were also aimed at neutralising the influence that the one-party system was likely to have had on the electoral process in favour of the ruling party.

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