Malawi BRIDGE TTF before Tripartite Elections in April
On 2014, Malawi held its first tripartite elections i.e. conducting three elections at the same time. In April of the same year, Malawians went to the polls to elect the President, Members of Parliament and Local Government Authorities. These elections was held in a political context largely shaped by the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012 and the change of government that took place thereafter.
These elections, the first since year 2000, were critical. In that context and in the continued support to the SADC - Election Support Network (SADC-ESN), the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) in collaboration with the Secretariat of SADC-ESN delivered a BRIDGE Train the Facilititators session in the financial capital of Malawi, Blantyre, from the 20 to 31 January 2014. The training took place place in the framework of the project 'Preventing Electoral Violence in the SADC region (PEV-SADC www.pev-sadc.eu) with close collaboration with the Malawi Electoral Support Network (www.mesnmw.org). Participants came mainly from the civil society and Malawian Electoral Commission. The facilitation team consisted of Eliane Torres, ECES, Harris Potani from the Electoral Commission of Malawi and Rindai Chipfunde-Vava from the Zimbabwe Election Support Network. The training took place at the Royal Palm hotel.