The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Elections Observer Mission has been launched in Lilongwe with a call on Malawi to hold free and fair elections come May 21.
Speaking during the launch, the head of the mission, Joseph Malanji, who is a Minister of Foreign Affairs in neighbouring Zambia, confirmed that so far the mission was satisfied with the level of preparedness ahead of the polls.
Malanji said the mission would be happy to see a level playing field where all participating parties had access to the State media and that the election process should be free from violence, intimidation and corruption.
He also urged participating candidates to respect the outcome of the elections.
Meanwhile, the SADC mission has deployed observers across the country and is expected to issue a statement on May 23, two days after the polling day, to share its findings.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.