European Union Election Observation Mission - Malawi 2014

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 day.

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