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Under contract from Management Systems International (MSI) and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the League of Women Voters provided technical assistance to four local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Malawi in preparation for the May 20, 2004 presidential and parliamentary elections. The League provided assistance in the areas of civic and voter education; assessed existing civic education and election monitoring materials; determined the process for polling monitor accreditation with the Malawi Electoral Commission, and created a system for receiving, processing, and reporting from monitors on election day.
Working with the local partners (Public Affairs Committe, Church of Central African Presbytery Livingstonia Synod Church and Society Program, CCAP Blantyre Synod Church and Society Program, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace; and Malawi Foundation General Civic Education) the League organized workshops in Lilongwe (Central Region), Blantyre (Southern Region) and Mzuzu (Northern Region). To carry out this project the League partnered with the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK), members of which were participants in the League's Woman Power Politics: Building Grassroots Democracy in Africa.
The project trained 8,558 poll monitors to cover 3,834 polling stations and estimates that 410,440 citizens received civic and voter education.