The country`s development partners have called on people in the country to maintain peace as Malawi goes to polls on Tuesday.
According to a joint statement from the ambassadors Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway, United States and Iceland, people in the country should have respect for human rights and abide by rule of law during all the electoral process.
“As consistent supporters of democracy and rule of Malawi, we stand together with the Malawian people as they go to the polls this week,” reads part of the statement.
According to the diplomats, all stakeholders should continue safeguarding democratic institutions and work through them in line with the Constitution.
“It is the responsibility of all political parties to ensure a peaceful election.”
“We further call upon all parties and the Government to guarantee the security of election officials, voters, and leaders, and supporters of all political parties,” the envoys said.
The development partners have since commended the Electoral Commission for working tirelessly to addressing issues raised by the Constitution Court.
In addition, the envoys have urged all stakeholders in the electoral process to support efforts of MEC, the security services, domestic election observers and other institutions to ensure the process goes smoothly.
The diplomats say they are alarmed by a number of violent incidents over the last month and they have since asked political leaders to refrain from escalating tensions in this critical time.
The ambassadors have also asked the electorate to respect physical distancing guidance and wear face coverings as they exercise their democratic right to vote.