Following an invitation from the Malawi
Electoral Commission (MEC), a European Union Election Observation Mission (EU
EOM) has been deployed to observe the 2014 tripartite elections, which comprise
presidential, parliamentary and local government elections. The mission is led
by Chief Observer Véronique De Keyser, a member of the European Parliament.
The mission comprises more than 80 observers
from all 28 EU Member States and Norway. Observers will be deployed throughout the
country to follow the electoral process and to meet with government and
electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society
representatives and the media.
The EU EOM's assessment of the
electoral process is independent of any EU institution or Member State. Its
purpose is to offer an impartial assessment of the elections and their
compliance with Malawi's international and regional commitments with regard to
elections, as well as with Malawian law.
The EU EOM operates in accordance
with the United Nations' 2005 ‘Declaration of Principles for International
Election Observation'. EU observers adhere to the EU Code of Conduct for
Observers that requires them to maintain strict impartiality and neutrality,
and to abide by Malawian law.
The EU EOM is to issue a preliminary
statement shortly after the tripartite elections. A final report, with
recommendations for future elections, will be published shortly after election