Monday, October 19, 2015

Tanzania: EAC deploys observer mission for elections

(Xinhua) -- A-55 member of the East African Community (EAC) Elections Observer Mission is due to arrive in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam on Sunday to observe the coming General Elections in both the Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.
The EAC Mission is a response to the invitation of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Tanzania as well as the decision of the EAC Council of Ministers Decisions on observation of elections in the partner states.

The Mission’s mandate is to observe the overall electoral environment, pre-election activities, the polling day, the counting and tallying of results..

The Mission, which is being led by Awori Arthur Athansius Moody, former Vice President of Kenya, will first undergo a pre-deployment training from Oct. 19 to 21 in Dar es Salaam before deployed to the regions.

EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Political Federation, Charles Njoroge said on Tuesday that successful and peaceful elections in Tanzania is of paramount importance to the partner states and the region as a whole because lack of peace and stability in any partner state will definitely undermine the outstanding milestones the region has so far achieved through regional integration.

The Mission is expected to prepare a report that will be submitted to, among others, the NEC of Tanzania, through the EAC Council of Ministers for consideration and implementation.

The Mission will leave Tanzania on Oct. 29.

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