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MESN Asks Observers to be Non-partisan

posted  Friday, May 09, 2014

MESN asks PVT observers to be non-partisan

By Fletcher Simwaka

Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) has called upon the Parallel Vote Tabulation observers to avoid being partisan in the execution of duties during the forthcoming tripartite elections.

 MESN board member Timothy Mtambo made the remarks Friday in Lilongwe when opening a day-long orientation session for PVT observers drawn from Lilongwe and Salima District.

Said Mtambo: “I know some of you have political parties which you support but as MESN representatives, you must be non-partisan at all levels because Malawians have high expectations of the PVT role during this year’s elections.  Any misconduct will derail the whole program.”

Mtambo also thanked observers who did a similar work in 2009 general elections, saying their conduct impressed MESN and stakeholders.

“PVT has proved to be a reliable vote verification exercise elsewhere as well as here in Malawi during the 2009 general elections and I hope it will be even more successful this year,” he said.

He said MESN, with support from National Democratic Institute (NDI) will deploy a total number of 800 PVT observers to a representative random sample of polling stations in all 28 districts to provide the fastest and more accurate picture of elections during the polling and counting period.

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