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EU will not send observers to Malawi

The European diplomacy reiterated its call for restraint to political actors in Malawi.
“It is especially important at this time that all political actors should stand united in the defence of human rights and Rule of Law, and against any acts of violence, incitement or hate speech” the EU spokesperson for the Foreign Affairs said, quoting a statement of the EU Mission in Malawi.

On May 6, being “shocked” and “saddened” by acts of violence the EU Mission in Malawi together with Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States reacted upon the lamentable episodes, fuelled by political motives, hoping that those responsable would be brought to justice, following the transparent investigations in the frame of the Malawi law.

However the EU has no plans to send the observers for the possible presidential elections postponed to July 2. In general the European External Action Service (EEAS) has to re-asses the deployment of the Observation missions, but “in this case Malawi is not a part of the EU observation mission priority for 2020, the EU will not send the Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) for the re-run of the Presidential elections in Malawi” the spokesperson said commenting on the issue. She reminded that at present the issue of re-running of the presidential elections on the July 2 is examined by the Supreme court in the capital city Lilongwe, and the decision of the judges will “determine if the Presidential election will be or not repeated in July“, she added.

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) had declared President Peter Mutharika the narrow winner of the May election with 38% of votes, followed by Lazarus Chakwera with 35% and former Vice President Saulos Chilima third with 20%, while four other candidates collectively received of 6% of ballots.

Since the announcement of the election results almost a year ago, Malawi has experienced a wave of protests across the country demanding the resignation of Jane Ansah, the chairwoman of the MEC for allegedly mismanaging the elections. The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) defended its managment of the process, being within the legal framework.

Mogherini appoints observers to Mozambique

Following an invitation from the Mozambican authorities, the European Union will deploy an Election Observation Mission (EOM) in the country, to observe the general elections which will be held on 15 October. This decision reflects once again the European Union’s commitment to support democracy in Mozambique, where the EU has observed all elections conducted since 1994.

The EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini has appointed as Chief Observer of the Election Observation Mission Ignacio S√°nchez Amor (pictured), Member of the European Parliament (MEP).

The 2019 elections in Mozambique come at an important moment in the country’s history, when real progress towards a comprehensive peace agreement opens the way to permanent reconciliation and accelerating reform”, said Mogherini.”A successful electoral process can help to generate the stability and confidence needed for growth and development. I am confident that Chief Observer Ignacio S√°nchez Amor MEP will lead a successful EOM that will once more contribute positively to the strengthening of democracy in Mozambique.”

‚ÄúI feel honoured to head the EU EOM to Mozambique. These elections take place in the context of important changes in the country’s administrative structure, notably with the decentralization of key aspects of governance. My objective is for the EOM to provide a positive input ‚Äď through impartial and objective assessments and constructive recommendations ‚Äď to an overall credible, transparent and inclusive process. And I would add that we will of course continue our work with the Mozambican authorities to implement recommendations from previous observation missions‚ÄĚ, Chief Observer S√°nchez Amor¬†reacted.

The Electoral Observation Mission’s core team, consisting of 9 analysts, will arrive in Maputo on 31 August. The team will stay in the country until the completion of the electoral process, and will prepare a comprehensive final report. The core team will be joined shortly after its arrival by 32 long-term observers to be deployed across the country. A further 76 short-term observers will be deployed around election day. The EU EOM also looks forward to cooperating and communicating with other international and domestic observation missions.

Madagascar elections marked by disparities

“…The campaign was marked by the non inclusion of the capping of campaign funds in the new laws that led to disparities in means between candidates, this one and the day of the poll, proceeded in calm”, – preliminary statement by the EU Election Observation Mission assessing the Madagascar presidential elections.¬†“The National Independent Electoral Commission has demonstrated commitment and professionalism. The identification of electors on the revised lists of electors in the voter card distribution exercise has created observable dysfunctions until polling day

This preliminary statement by the EU Election Observation Mission in Madagascar is made public before the end of the electoral process. The observers underline that the critical steps remain, including announcement of results and electoral litigation.

The observers expressed opinion that this presidential election “should consolidate the democratic gains”, reminding that¬† in April 2018, a pre-electoral crisis leading to mediation by the international community and a position of the High Constitutional Court (HCC) led to the formation of a government of national unity and the closure of the calendar.

Among a number of observations the report points out that despite the recommendations of the 2013 EU EOM, “the role of women in politics remains limited and the existing law does not sufficiently guarantee parity. Although five women are among the 36 candidates, they remain underrepresented in politics, political parties and electoral administration especially in rural areas.”

The other crucial criticism was aimed at use of privately owned media, covering the campaign: EU EOM media monitoring revealed that the public media respected the provisions of the CENI, while “the private media showed partiality towards the candidates, and that the paid spaces took precedence over their editorial treatment.

The EU EOM is only able to comment on the phases of the electoral process that took place until the date of publication of this declaration. Later, the mission will issue a final report including a complete analysis of the process as well as recommendations to improve it. The mission reserves the right to publish supplementary reports on specific aspects of the electoral process if it considers them useful.

 

EU appoints observation mission to Sierra Leone

In response¬†to an invitation by the¬†Sierra Leonean¬†authorities, the European Union has¬†decided to¬†deploy an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to¬†Sierra Leone¬†to observe the¬†general¬†elections¬†scheduled for¬†7 March. This is the¬†fourth¬†time that the European Union¬†is observing¬†general¬†elections in¬†Sierra Leone, which reflects the EU’s long-term commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country.

Federica Mogherini, the EU top diplomat, has appointed Ms. Jean Lambert, Member of the European Parliament, as Chief Observer:

‚ÄúThe elections of 7 March 2008 are¬†a milestone¬†for the democratic process of Sierra Leone.¬†It’s a great opportunity for the government,¬†the¬†National Election Commission and political parties to foster transparent, credible and peaceful elections” , Mogherini said. “This year’s¬†general¬†elections are¬†very¬†competitive and the rule¬†of law should prevail. Under the leadership of Chief Observer¬†Lambert¬†the EU EOM will make an important contribution to this electoral process”.

“I am¬†honoured to lead the EU EOM to¬†Sierra Leone. The forthcoming general elections will be another defining moment in¬†the country’s¬†democratic¬†process¬†as a¬†peaceful¬†transition of power¬†will¬†take place for the second time after the end of the civil war” – the Chief Observer,¬†Ms.¬†Lambert, said ahead of his mission.¬† “Sierra Leone¬†has¬†achieved progress in terms of democratisation and governance¬†since the end of the civil war, and this election should further consolidate stable democratic institutions.¬†I trust¬†that all institutions and political parties will work together to ensure that voters¬†will¬†be able to¬†express their choice in a¬†free,¬†peaceful and calm environment, with all sides refraining from any actions or statements that may incite violence.”

The EOM Core Team of nine EU election analysts arrived in Freetown on 25 January, and will stay in the country until the completion of the electoral process to prepare a comprehensive assessment.

On 7 February, an additional group of 28¬†long-term observers¬†will be deployed to Sierra Leone’s counties,¬†‘In this respect, the work of our long-term observers will be essential for our assessment. They all have substantial experience in observing elections around the world’¬†–¬†declared Ms. Lambert.

In early March additional 40 short-term observers will be deployed across the country. A delegation of the European Parliament and diplomats from EU Member States will also reinforce the mission on election day. The EU EOM looks forward to cooperate with other international elections observation missions that have endorsed the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation.

The deployment of an EU EOM aims to contribute to enhancing the transparency of the process, the respect for fundamental freedoms and will submit to the consideration of the authorities a set of recommendations to further improve the election framework for future elections.

Kenyan elections: from hopes to confrontations

European Union observers of Kenya’s 2017 presidential and parliamentary elections said on that a lack of government cooperation meant they were unable to travel to the East African nation to present their final report on the vote.

‚ÄúKenyans went from high hopes for these elections to many disappointments and confrontations. Kenya remains deeply divided. Our final report and recommendations are intended to contribute to a better democratic process and a restoration of trust. But with every recommendation, leadership from those in power, support from the population, and cooperation between different fractions are needed in order to initiate reforms‚ÄĚ –¬†Chief Observer, Marietje Schaake (pictured) Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from the Netherlands explained.

Chief observer said the EU mission was scheduled to present its final report to the government and other groups in Kenya this week. The report to be published imperatively within three months of the vote, per the mission’s agreement with the government.

“We hope the recommendations in our final report will contribute to more resilient
democracy from which all Kenyans benefit”, – MEP¬†Schaake concluded.

“This takes time to build up, which is why it is important that steps
are taken promptly to improve the legal framework, institutions and practices.‚ÄĚ