Malawi Electoral Cycle Support (MECS) Project

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Summary

The initiative supports the Malawi Electoral Commission to be able to hold free, inclusive, and credible tripartite elections in 2019. It assists in Malawi’s consensual development of procedural certainty among key electoral stakeholders such as Political Parties, Women Movements and the Security Sector.

Challenge

Tripartite  elections (Presedential, Parliamentary,and Local Government)  are due to take place on 21st  May 2019 in Malawi. The country is in need of a conduicive  electoral environment to allow for a credible, free and transparent election. The elections are a unique opportunity for transformation of the elections management body to ensure shortfalls of the 2014 elections are addressed.

Solution

The project supports Malawi Electoral Commission and other stakeholders such as the media, CSOs, political parties, Malawi Police Service in supporting the organisation of the general elections due to take place in May 2019. The programme aims to complement and provide value addition to other work ongoing in the electoral environment to allow for a credible, free and transparent election. The Project is structured around five outputs: (1) The MEC is trusted by the public and political parties as an impartial entity possessing the capacity to administer and manage elections in accordance with regional and international obligations; (2) Women’s political empowerment throughout the electoral cycle is strengthened; (3) Enhanced ability  of key stakeholders, including political parties,  to contribute to orderly and inclusive elections; (4) Support to the Malawi Police Service (MPS) for heightened security around elections and (5) Effective and efficient management, partnership formation and monitoring and evaluation of the Project.

Through the project, the Malawi Electoral Commission  cooperated with the the Zambia Electoral Commission Legal Department to learn its functions. This resulted in operationalising the MEC legal department which was able to carry out its mandate such as development of legislation for the use of the National ID and training of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. The legal department was also critical in the development of the complaints and disputes handling guidelines which have been gazzetted as part of the electoral law.   The MEC further cooperated with the Ghana EMB to learn on the use of technology in electoral process which resulted in the smooth running of the voter registration process with 6,859,570 Malawians registered. The voters roll is the cleanest and credible thus far as it eliminated duplications, underage registrants and foreigners which has guranteed One Person, One Identity, One Vote. 

Provider Country: UNDP Malawi, Zambia, Ghana

Beneficiary Country: Malawi

Supported By: UNDP Malawi

Implementing Agency: Malawi Electoral Commission

Project Status: On-going

Project Period: 2017 - 2019

Contact Person: Richard Cox, Chief Technical Advisor- Elections; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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