Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has launched its observation programme for the Madagascar elections on Friday 24th October 2013 where the SADC plans to deploy 300 observers from 14 SADC Member States to polling stations in Madagascar.
The Namibia Foreign Affairs Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah who is the Head of the Southern Africa
Development Community Observer Mission to the elections in Madagascar told New Era that she was satisfied with the preparation process and the way the Malagasy people are conducting themselves during the campaigns. She said the observer mission is guided by various instruments that include the SADC Treaty, the SADC Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, as well as the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Elections.
The SADC applauded the people of Madagascar for placing the interest of the nation first before their individual interests. 7,697,382 registered voters will elect a president a president from 33 presidential candidates and second round of elections will take place between the 2 leading candidates if December 20 if there is no clear winner on Friday.