The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) on Wednesday announced the deployment of a short-term election observer mission for the forthcoming tripartite elections in Malawi set for May 21.

Africa’s largest trading block said the mission, which arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi, on Wednesday, will led by Mohamed Ahmed Abdelghaffar Karrar, a member of the COMESA Committee of Elders, from the Republic of Sudan. He is expected to join the observer team on Friday.

The deployment of the mission follows an invitation from the Malawian government, COMESA said in a statement.

As part of its mission, the observer team will undertake pre-election observation, which includes consultations with all stakeholders, the statement said.

Malawians go to the polls on May 21 to elect a president, national assembly members and local government councilors.

Incumbent President Peter Mutharika is seeking re-election, facing challenge from Vice-President Saulos Chilima of the UTM Party and Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party. Enditem


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