Watching democracy at work, and being a part of making sure that the massive undertaking is cleanly administered, is deeply gratifying.

As important is the exhaustive, detail-oriented attention that needs to be applied to ensure the outcome of the electoral process is free and fair.

Altogether, it’s a crucial — and deeply humbling — business.

So it was with gratitude and a profound sense of duty that I accepted the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) invitation to join its observer mission in Malawi. Observing the May 21 election in the country was a privilege.

Taking part in this observation mission was something I undertook with the requisite solemnity necessary for ensuring the people of Malawi were allowed to exercise their democratic right. Of course, it was doubly poignant that while I was making sure the Malawians election was equitable, I was able to tune into the inauguration of our own president, Cyril Ramaphosa, from Blantyre...

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