CEPPS uses an inclusive partnership approach to strengthen civil society oversight of electoral processes and build institutional capacity in Malawi. This process invokes domestic observation and media monitoring, civic and voter education, enhanced electoral security, as well as a focus on building the capacity of electoral institutions, and the capacity of the Malawian Parliament to be responsive and transparent.
CEPPS provides technical and financial assistance to Malawi’s election observation networks to implement long- and short-term methodologies. Efforts include assisting with strategic planning, recruitment, training and deployment of observers, as well as the development of deployment plans, such as creating necessary materials, training and communication strategies. CEPPS also conducts political party poll agent training to increase legitimacy and accountability around the country’s electoral processes. Recognizing the role of the media in shaping narratives around elections, CEPPS works with partners to develop new media monitoring practices and train journalists on fair and accountable reporting. Further, we work closely with local civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve civic and voter education efforts to be more issue-based and accessible at the community level.
Additionally, CEPPS provides targeted technical assistance to Malawian electoral institutions and civil society partners in support of free, fair, and peaceful elections. Efforts include providing support to inclusive community-led conflict mitigation structures, developing an election conflict early-warning/early-response (EWER) system, training electoral stakeholders on election dispute resolution, developing robust voter education campaigns, and supporting the finalization of strategic and operational plans with the electoral commission.
Finally, CEPPS strives to improve the openness and responsiveness of the Malawian parliament to citizens’ needs by providing targeted technical assistance on strategic communications, transparency initiatives, committee trainings and issues of political and electoral reform.
CEPPS Key Achievements in Malawi:
CEPPS Works to Enhance Domestic Oversight of Electoral Processes
CEPPS Supports Improvements in Electoral Security in Malawi
CEPPS Supports Sustainable Capacity Building of Malawian Electoral Institutions
CEPPS Builds Citizen Awareness and Engagement Through Civic and Voter Education