SADC-ESN ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP
Johannesburg, 16 January 2015: TheSADC Election Support Network (SADC-ESN) elected a new board at a recent elective Annual General Meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) retained chairmanship of the Board whilst the rest of the Board now has new membership. In a tightly contested race, the Coordinating Assembly for Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO) of Swaziland was appointed Vice Chairperson whilst the National Elections Monitoring Committee/Comité National d’Observation des Élections (KMF/CNOE) of Madagascar was elected treasurer unopposed. RENOSEC of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Emang Basadi were elected as members of the Board.
SADC-ESN REAFFIRMS NEED FOR TRANSPARENT, ACCOUNTABLE AND CREDIBLE ELECTIONS
Johannesburg, 16 January 2015: Free, fair and credible elections in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) remain a prerequisite to democratisation, members of the SADC Election Support Network (SADC-ESN) have reaffirmed.
The group, represented in all 15 SADC countries, has also agreed on the need to strengthen the capacity of regional and domestic observer groups so that they are able to effectively respond to challenges bedevilling electoral processes in the region.
“There can be no democratisation without credible elections being consistently used as a non-negotiable benchmark,” said Rindai Chipfunde Vava, whose organisation, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) hosts the SADC-ESN.
MESN Preliminary Statement on the Conduct of the 2014 Tripartite Elections
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre. While voting is still underway at 45 polling stations, the process has concluded for the vast majority of the country. Given concerns following the late opening of polling stations yesterday, the Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) believes that it is critical to share systematic nationwide information on the conduct of the polls. These elections belong to the Malawian people, but most voters will have seen the process at only one polling station. To make an informed decision about whether these elections meet the expectations of the Malawian people they need systematic nationwide information on the conduct of the process – both the challenges as well as what went well.This is not MESN’s final statement on the 2014 Tripartite Elections. We continue to observe the process through its conclusion. Following the announcement of official results by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), MESN will issue a statement on the accuracy of the official results for the presidential election. MESN will, as appropriate, issue additional statements as well as a final report on the entire 2014 Tripartite Election process.