The former Namibian ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Kaire Mbuende will be heading the Namibian delegation of eleven members that forms part of the SADC Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM) to observe Mozambique’s general elections scheduled for October 15.
The deputy director of Information in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marbeline Mwashekele said on Thursday that the mission will be launched on Friday at VIP Hotel in Maputo and will deploy about 136 observers throughout all the 11 provinces of the country.
Members of the mission are from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe and it will be led by South Africa in its capacity as chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation.
Mwashekele noted that the SEOM is deployed in Mozambique in accordance with the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections, with the main of consolidating and enhancing democratic practices in the region.
The presidential, legislative and provincial elections will pit veteran Renamo-leader Afonso Dhlakama against Felipe Nyasa, of the ruling party, Frelimo, to succeed President Armando Guebuza whose mandate ends.