|Justice Maxon Mbendera Sc,|
The African Union (AU) has appointed the Chairman of Malawi Electoral Commission, Justice Maxon Mbendera SC to lead the team of observers that the Union will deploy to observe elections in Swaziland.
Justice Mbendera will lead a team comprising members from the Pan-African Parliamentarians, the AU Permanent Representatives Committee, electoral management bodies and civil society organizations.
The Kingdom of Swaziland will hold Parliamentary Elections on September 20, 2013 and the observer mission will start its work from September 13 to 25, 2013. Justice Mbendera is expected to join them on September 15, 2013.
Commenting on this appointment, Justice Mbendera SC said it symbolized the confidence that international organizations have for the Commission in elections management.
“The AU has over 54 member states and they could have appointed anyone from these countries. The fact that they have settled for the MEC chairman to lead the team, it shows that they appreciate the credibility of our institution and also in me as a person.
“This will be an opportunity to share experience and also learn from others as we prepare for the Tripartite Elections in 2014,” said Justice Mbendera.
On the same elections, the Malawi Electoral Commission has sent Commissioner Stanley Billiat and Director of Electoral Services, Henzily Munkhondya as observers under the SADC Electoral Commissions Forum. The two left the country on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.