The success of Malawi’s democratic dispensation will be measured on the extent to which it delivers public goods – opportunities, development, accountability – for the people.
A new round of elections offers an opportunity to strengthen civil and political freedoms.
Will the same electoral commission, so heavily criticised in the court’s ruling, improve its capacity and arrange more credible elections?
It’s an achievement in itself that Malawi is holding its sixth multi-party national elections since its transition from dictatorship under former President Kamuzu Banda.
One needs to understand Malawian politics to appreciate the bizarre episode in which a state president was unaccounted for a month, leaving a nation rudderless and puzzled.