Post-Election Seminar for the Parliament of Malawi

Date: 11-14 June 2014
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

The National Assembly of Malawi, in collaboration with the CPA held a Post-Election Seminar from 11-14 June 2014 at the Bingu International Conference Centre for the newly elected 192 Members of Parliament – 139 of whom had been elected for the first time. The Theme of the workshop was ‘Taking Parliament Seriously’. 

The Elections in Malawi took place on 20 May 2014. They were the country’s first tripartite elections to select the President, Members of Parliament and Local Government. The elections are Malawi’s fifth since transitioning to a multiparty democracy in 1994. Malawi has a first past the post electoral system and average turnout is 78%. 

The programme, under the theme ‘Taking Parliament Seriously’ was designed to assist and develop the capacity of the newly elected Parliamentarians.

The CPA Resource Team for the seminar included:

Dr William F Shija, Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Hon Amusaa Mwanamwambwa, former Speaker of the Zambian Parliament
Hon Liam McArthur, Member of the Scottish Parliament
Hon Amongi Betty, Member of the Ugandan Parliament
Mr Patrick Gichohi, former Clerk of the Kenyan Parliament

The Post-Election Seminar was a very useful and intensive exercise for Members. The seminar was extremely well attended with nearly 100% attendance of Parliamentarians throughout the Seminar and would not have been such a success had it not been for the meticulous planning of the National Assembly Acting Clerk and Parliamentary Staff.