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African Union Observers Endorses Malawi Elections

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Malawi: African Union observers on Friday endorsed Malawi’s just-ended general elections as generally credible but called on the contesting parties and candidates to restrain their supporters from engaging in violence.The head of the AU poll observer team and former Namibian president Sam Nujoma said in his mission’s preliminary statement that the elections were conducted in a largely transparent manner in accordance to the legal framework of Malawi and international standards.

He said the elections provided an opportunity for Malawians to choose their leaders at the polls and urged parties and candidates to seek redress for disputes that may arise from these elections through legal channels.

“We are calling all people and electoral stakeholders to continue in the peaceful and orderly manner that characterised the pre-election context,” he said.

African Union Endorses Malawi Election

African Union Endorses Malawi Election

The AU mission comprised 52 observers, made up of 10 long term observers (LTOs) and 42 short term observers.

The LTOs are expected to remain on the ground in Malawi until June 7 to observe the post-election phase of the process.

Hundreds of local and international observers were monitoring the vote. Malawi uses the first-past-the post electoral system – the presidential candidate with the most votes is declared the winner and there is no provision for a run-off.

In the parliamentary race, 193 seats are up for grabs. Candidates will also contest 462 local council wards.

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