According to a statement made available to MBC Online, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia and Head of the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the 2019 Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government (Tripartite) elections in the Republic of Malawi, Joseph Malanji is expected to preside over the function which will take place in Lilongwe.
Malanji will be supported by the Alternate Head of SEOM, Kalombo Mwansa, who is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia and the Director of Organ at the SADC Secretariat, Jorge Cardoso.
“In line with the SADC Principles and Guidelines for Governing Democratic Elections (2015), the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) invited SADC to observe the Tripartite elections in Malawi. His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation has constituted SEOM to observe the elections.
SEOM will be coordinated from the BICC and its composition includes the SADC Secretariat, SADC Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC) and members of the SADC Organ Troika namely; Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe,” said the statement in part.
SADC is an organisation established in 1980 and has 16 Member States namely; Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Union of Comoros, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The SADC mission is to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development through efficient, productive systems, deeper cooperation and integration, good governance and durable peace and security; so that the region emerges as a competitive and effective player in international relations and the world economy.