Kizito Tenthani has worked in the area of democracy and governance for fifteen years. His work has focused on empowering rural communities in civil and political rights. In 2003 he joined the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) as a national coordinator for Malawi. With support from NIMD he spearheaded the formation of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) in Malawi in 1995 and has served as its executive director to date. Among other duties, he is involved in coordinating an interparty dialogue platform for political parties. He also facilitates dialogue between the Electoral Commission and political parties. Kizito holds a degree in public administration from the University of Malawi, Malawi, and a Master's degree in public and development management from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He is currently pursuing a PhD in development studies and his research is focusing on Malawi’s development experience from a political settlement perspective.

Essays | October 2, 2014

Malawi’s 2014 Elections: An Assessment

“The elections of 2014 demonstrated a lot of weaknesses in Malawi’s electoral system…which renders it vulnerable to errors that can conceivably undermine completely the credibility of elections conducted in Malawi’s future. A critical reassessment of the process and its reform are therefore necessary to avoid a repeat of the chaos that was the 2014 elections.”

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An individual counts votes during an election.