NGO-Gender Coordination Network (NGO-GCN) has called on Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to ensure that there are timely updates on all developments surrounding the electoral process.
In a press statement on the findings of the network’s observer mission to May 20 Tripartite Elections, NGO-GCN says the observer team has noted irregularities that will ultimately affect the credibility of the results and undermine the electoral process during the adding up of results at the National Tally Centre.
The network has since advised MEC to ensure that all complaints filed by female candidates are properly recorded in a sex-disaggregated format and that all such complaints are effectively dealt with before they escalate and cause serious disturbances.
“MEC should draw lessons on how gendered the impact of electoral anomalies is and on how to effectively deal with similar irregularities in future in a gender sensitive manner and make sure the credibility of the elections is maintained through speedy responses to complaints,” reads the statement in part signed by Emma Kaliya.
In view of the elections stand-off, NGO-GCN calls on all those in positions of power to desist from using inflammatory language that may heighten tension in the country.
It also requests government to ensure there is increased security until all electoral matters regarding the tripartite elections are resolved.
“The media should also provide equitable coverage of women as candidates, voters and sources of information to give space for women issues related to the elections,” reads the statement.