IFES Technical Assistance Project: Malawi Final Activity Report

Publication Date: 
31 Jul 1994

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INTRODUCTION

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) conducted a technical assistance project from January 8 through May 21, 1994. Originally intended as three components of the United Nations Electoral Assistance Secretariat (UNEAS) project, the technical assistance was combined with an international observer delegation which monitored the registration process and joined the 300-member Joint International Observer Group (JIOG) for the May elections. This project was funded by a cooperative agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Malawi. As part of the Secretariat, the IFES team also worked with members of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

The IFES team was composed of thirteen persons, consisting of two seven-member observer teams, three advisors and the Project Manager. During the project, the team members operated from regional capital offices in Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu, in addition to residing in individual districts as requested.

The combined objectives of the project were the following:

a) To increase the administrative and training capabilities of the Malawi Electoral Commission and staff;

b) To assist the Malawi Electoral Commission to implement a new system of voter registration and recording;

c) To develop a capacity within the Commission and Malawi's journalist community to provide ongoing information about the transition and election process;

d) To monitor compliance with and administration of Malawi's new registration regulations; and

e) To observe compliance with new election regulations as well as international standards for free and fair elections.  

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