The rise of digital technologies has presented new challenges in terms of the legislative environments in the region.
2019 Presidential debates
Thus, the theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day – Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of expression as a driver for all other human rights – is quite apt as it serves as a reminder of the centrality of freedom of expression in the enjoyment of all other human rights.
The summit was organised by Accountability Lab, Ford Foundation, WFD, NED, Alliance for Finance Monitoring, African Election Observation Network, Christian Churches Monitoring Group, International IDEA, Kofi Annan Foundation, Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network, The Carter Centre, Zambia, the European Partnership for Democracy, the European Union, the Westminster Foundation, the African Election Observation Network and MISA Regional Office.
Freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom critical for credible elections in Southern Africa
SADC member states should further ensure that the enacted and proposed domestic laws are aligned with the African Union (AU) Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection and the ACHPR’s Revised Declaration on Principles of Freedom of Expression and Access to Information.
The general public and stakeholders are also notified that the starting time for the debate has changed from 6 to 7:30 pm.
Four presidential candidates willl take part in the second Malawi Presidential Debate 2019 on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
The third and final debate, slated for April 5, will involve all eight 2019 presidential candidates.
Prior to their respective debates, all candidates will be asked to sign a pledge of non-violence.
This change is a result of overwhelming feedback from electoral stakeholders.
The debates are scheduled for Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on March 29 and April 5, 2019.