SADC Launches Observation Mission

Maseru – Head of the Southern African Development Community SADC Electoral Observation Mission SEOM Dr. Augustine Mahiga says the role of security officials is to transport the election material and election results to areas which not accessible by road.

Responding to questions during the official launch of the observation Mission held in Maseru Dr. Mahiga said the Mission had met with the Prime Minister and he spelled the role of security agents including the Military.

Dr. Mahiga said the army Helicopters will airlift election material to these areas while the police provide security, accompanied by political party agents and the observers.

Dr. Mahiga who is representing President of the United Republic of Tanzania as Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, also commended the Independent Electoral Commission IEC for having done all it could under the circumstances to prepare for the elections.

He said IEC has assured them that it is ready to deliver free, fair and credible elections, adding that it is up to the political leaders to convince their followers to accept election results in order for the country to focus on development after the elections.

He pointed out that they have met with all stakeholders in the country and are satisfied that everything is in place for the successful holding of the elections, and the SADC SEOM office will always be open to individuals to report their concerns and observations in relation to compliance with the Electoral Law and SADC Revised Principles and Guidelines.

The Mission consists of 41 observers from nine SADC Member States and will submit its Preliminary Election Report on June fifth, before submitting the Final Report three months later, after assessing conduct of the elections against a set central principles stipulated in the Revised SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections.



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