Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa -COMESA has deployed a short-term election observer mission to the Tripartite General Elections in Malawi set for 21 May 2019.
The tripartite elections will include the election of the President, National Assembly members, and local government councillors.
The COMESA delegation arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi today and its mission will be led by Ambassador Mohamed Ahmed Abdelghaffar Karrar, a member of the COMESA Committee of Elders from the Republic of Sudan.
According to a statement issued to 5fm news by COMESA Head of Governance, Peace and Security Elizabeth Mutunga, the observer mission comprises representatives from the COMESA Member States and supported by members of staff from the Secretariat.
As part of its mission, the COMESA observers will undertake pre-election observation which will include consultations with political parties, the Malawi Electoral Commission, security agencies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the Media and other relevant electoral stakeholders.
The pre-election observation will inform the mission on election-related issues as well as enable the mission to assess the preparedness of the respective stakeholders ahead of the election.
The observers will also engage with other election observer missions on the ground in the three regions of Northern, Central, and Southern.