Statement by Parliamentary Secretary Obhrai on the Situation in Malawi

May 25, 2014 - The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, today issued the following statement:

“Canada is concerned by the electoral situation currently unfolding in Malawi and urges all parties to exercise calm and restraint.

“Taking note of yesterday’s ruling by the Malawi Supreme Court, we urge the Malawi Electoral Commission to fully investigate early reports that suggest irregularities in the voting process.

“Canada congratulates the people of Malawi, who voted peacefully in favour of democracy during the elections on May 20. Their confidence in the integrity of the electoral process is essential.

“We welcome the efforts of the African Union, the European Union, the Southern African Development Community and other election observation missions in seeking to establish the conditions for peaceful and credible elections.”

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