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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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The Campaign

Given the background and nature of 30 years of Malawi politics, small wonder that the electoral campaign should have focused almost completely on the overriding question of change versus continuity. It was also a campaign based distinctly on personalities, rather than on issues. Notwithstanding the major victory won by democratic forces in June 1993, the Opposition was primarily driven by the conviction that a new Malawi could emerge only when the MCP and President Banda were removed from office.

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