Head of SEOM encourages political and electoral stakeholders to observe political processes with tolerance

WINDHOEK: The Head of the SADC Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM) has encouraged all political and electoral stakeholders in Malawi to observe the political processes with tolerance.

This will ensure peaceful, transparent, free, fair and credible elections, Namibian Foreign Affairs’ Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said in a statement availed to Nampa on Friday after she officially launched the SEOM in the Malawian capital, Lilongwe.

She said the SEOM is in that country in accordance with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, which requires Member States to cooperate on the political processes for the purpose of promoting common political and democratic values.

Nandi-Ndaitwah said the forthcoming tripartite elections on 20 May in Malawi is of a larger magnitude of complexity, hence the need for all electoral stakeholders to join hands and work together in ensuring peaceful, transparent and credible elections.

In fulfilling its mandate, SEOM will be guided by the SADC principles and guidelines governing democratic elections.

The Observer Mission’s mandate includes the assessment of the political and electoral environment such as political and civil rights, voter education, the registration of voters, the compilation of the voters’ roll, party and candidate campaigns, access to media coverage as well as the state of preparedness of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).