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Commonwealth urges Malawi to hold credible presidential polls

COMMONWEALTH Secretary General Patricia Scotland has urged electoral and political stakeholders in Malawi to play their part in contributing to a peaceful and credible presidential election set for today.

Scotland said Malawi’s democracy, stability and development hinge upon the credibility of the June 23 presidential election.

“I encourage all stakeholders, including the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), political parties, civil society organisations, the media, religious authorities, traditional leaders, and every citizen, to work together and play their respective roles constructively to ensure that the outcome of this election truly reflects the will of the people,” she said. “In particular, Malawi’s government and opposition must demonstrate leadership by honouring their commitment to democracy and respect for the rule of law, enshrined in Malawi’s Constitution and reflected in the Commonwealth Charter.”

Scotland underscored the Commonwealth Secretariat’s commitment to supporting home-grown initiatives in Malawi that can contribute to a peaceful and credible process.

“The Secretariat is pleased to have partnered with national institutions to support their contribution to our shared goal of a peaceful, credible and inclusive process, especially at this challenging time when the pandemic has limited our options for direct engagement,” she said.

The Commonwealth Secretariat is supporting partner national institutions – the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE), the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and the 50:50 Campaign Management Agency.

“I wish the people of Malawi well as they look forward to exercising their democratic right to vote on 23 June,” said Scotland.

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