Swaziland National Elections, 20 September 2013

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The report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission for the Swaziland National Elections, held 20 September 2013. The Mission was led by Dr Bakili Muluzi, former President of the Republic of Malawi, and was comprised of 5 eminent persons.

The Commonwealth Observer Mission found that the elections were generally well organised, but fell short of meeting Swaziland’s key international obligations for democratic elections. The Report makes a number of recommendations for the government, Elections and Boundaries Commission and other stakeholders to consider with a view to improving future electoral processes.



Conclusions and Recommendations

We were conscious that our observation exercise was the third such mission the Commonwealth has constituted, following the presence of observer teams in both 2003 and 2008. We were also cognisant that, in December 2012, Commonwealth governments reaffirmed and strengthened their commitment to democratic culture and governance through the adoption of the Commonwealth Charter. This was a significant step, as it signalled that the aspirations of good governance, the consolidation of democracy and adherence to the rule of law remain at the heart of Commonwealth values and principles.


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