The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has arrived in Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial city, ahead of the country’s tripartite elections scheduled for May 20.
Dr Dlamini Zuma has joined Sam Nujoma (founding President of the Republic of Namibia) and Head of the African Union Election Observation Mission and his team.
Her visit is to offer solidarity and support to the people of Malawi.
Upon her arrival Zuma has assured Malawians of the AU’s commitment to maintain stability through democratic and credible elections in Malawi and throughout the continent.
During her three-day official visit, the AUC Chairperson is expected to pay a courtesy call to President Joyce Banda. She is expected to meet with leaders of other contesting political parties, as well as meeting with officials of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), including the chairman himself, Justice Maxon Mbendera, the security services and other state institutions, to ascertain the level of preparedness.
She is expected to hold a press conference before leaving Malawi on Friday, 16 May.
The AU has since asked all stakeholders to engage in the election process peacefully and in accordance with the AU election instruments such as the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.