UN calls for credible elections in Malawi

UN envoy Lowcock meets President Muthatrika. PHOTO: Mana

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The United Nations (UN) has challenged Malawi to hold a transparent election following a recent meeting with President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, African Daily Voice has learnt.

On May 21, Malawi will conduct its Tripartite Elections where about 6.8 million registered voters will elect the country’s President, 193 Legislators and 462 ward Councillors.

“This is an election year for Malawi,” said the UN Emergency Relief coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock.

“I believe Malawi will remain a model in conducting free, fair and peaceful elections in this African region. Elections are always contested but that should be done in a peaceful manner. Malawi is among the first countries in Africa to manage peaceful transition of power from one ruling government to another after elections, so it is our expectation that this will continue.”

According to Nyasa Times, Lowcock asked authorities to ensure a level playing field and to create an environment conducive to the holding of free, fair and credible elections.

Lowcock underlined that UN is supporting the election process through the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

Meanwhile, President Mutharika hailed the UN for its continued support to Malawi’s humanitarian sector.

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