Malawi Electoral Cycle Support (MECS) Project (2017-2019)
In summary, the project intends to support MEC and other stakeholders such as the media, CSOs and political parties in supporting the organisation of the general elections due to take place in May 2019. The programme also aims to complement and provide value addition to other work ongoing in the electoral environment to allow for a credible, free and fair election. With several possible electoral reforms being discussed in Parliament, the project will aim to provide for an enabling environment for the harmonization of these reforms and the electoral process through support towards material reviews and wide dissemination of any relevant publications. Implementation of the MECS project started end of September 2017 and it is a basket fund pooling resources from various development partners and is managed by UNDP. The primary goal of the Project is to assist in Malawi’s consensual development of procedural certainty among key electoral stakeholders. This goal arises against the backdrop of a unique opportunity for transformation that has arisen from electoral and political reform processes.
The Project is structured around four outputs:
- The MEC is trusted by the public and political parties as an impartial entity possessing the capacity to administer and manage elections in accordance with regional and international obligations
- Women’s political empowerment throughout the electoral cycle is strengthened
- Enhanced ability of key stakeholders, including political parties, to contribute to orderly and inclusive elections
- Effective and efficient management, partnership formation and monitoring and evaluation of the Project.
USD 7,598,880.00 (without critical procurement of electoral materials)