EISA Observer Mission to the Malawi Presidential & National Assembly Elections 2009

Arrival Statement

EISA is pleased to announce the arrival of its election observer mission in Malawi for the 2009 Malawi Presidential and National Assembly Elections. The elections will be held on 19 May 2009. The mission is in Malawi at the invitation of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and is led by Mr Denis Kadima, EISA Executive Director.

The mission will consist of 10 members drawn from civil society organisations (CSOs) and election management bodies in the following countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe. The deployment of the mission is in line with the following strategic objectives of EISA:

  • To enhance electoral processes to ensure their inclusiveness and legitimacy
  • To promote effective citizen participation in democratic processes to strengthen institutional accountability and responsiveness
  • To promote principles, values and practices that lead to a culture of democracy and human rights

Members of the mission began arriving in Malawi on 10 May and will remain until 22 May 2009. Observers attended a briefing session on 13-14 May where they were addressed by various electoral stakeholders. On 15 May, members will be deployed to the central, northern and southern regions of Malawi, where they will meet with electoral officials, CSOs and representatives of political parties and the media. They will also attend campaign rallies.

On Election Day, members of the mission will observe voting and counting at the polling stations. They will return to Blantyre on 20 May to attend a debriefing session and assess the electoral process up until that point.

The interim assessment will be delivered on 21 May 2009. EISA will continue to monitor the process until the finalisation of the election results upon which the mission's final report and assessment of the Malawi Presidential and Parliamentary elections will be made.

Denis Kadima
Mission Leader

Contact information

The mission secretariat is based at the Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre.