Malawi Electoral Commission is developing its strategic plan that will provide a strategic direction on the operations of the electoral body from 2012 to 2016.
The strategic plan is also coinciding with the period the commission will be holding the first-ever tripartite elections that will see the president, Members of Parliament and ward councillors being elected at the same time.
The strategic plan is being funded by the European Union under the Democratic Governance Programme.
During the briefing with the MEC commissioners on Monday, August 27, 2012, Democratic Governance Programme Team leader, Jack Castern said the EU was committed to supporting MEC in its capacity building endeavours and that is why it supported the process of coming up with the strategic plan.
The EU has identified international elections and democratic governance consultant, Daniel Stroux of Bureau for International Reform and Democracy in Germany and a local strategic planning and institutional development expert, Dr Augustine Magolowondo to facilitate the process.
In her remarks, MEC chairperson Justice Anastasia Msosa said the strategy is being developed at a good time when the commissioners are just new in their term and they will be there to ensure that the strategy is implemented.
“This is a process that has been outstanding for some time. As a Commission we are fully committed to and it is coming at a better time when the commissioners are new and will be working to see that what has been planned is implemented,” she said.
The strategic plan will guide on capacity building, resource mobilisation, strengthening stakeholder relations, strengthening of financial systems and acquisition of modern equipment.
The Commission last strategic plan covered the period 2004 to 2009.- MEC