New York

19 May 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the forthcoming elections in Malawi

The Secretary-General takes note of Malawi’s first tripartite elections, to be held on 20 May 2014, and urges all candidates, political parties, and state institutions to ensure that the polls are peaceful and inclusive. He appeals to the candidates, parties and state institutions to adhere to the Lilongwe Peace Declaration of 10 May to ensure that the elections are free from violence.

The Secretary-General is convinced that a successful process of presidential, parliamentary, and local council elections will be instrumental for the consolidation of democracy in Malawi. The Secretary-General commends the work of the Malawi Electoral Commission and all national actors, as well as international partners, for their support to the electoral process.