SADC OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES SADC ELECTORAL OBSERVATION MISSION
Honourable Highvie Hamududu, the Special Advisor to the Presidency for the Republic of Zambia who came on behalf of President of the Republic of Zambia Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu

SADC OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES SADC ELECTORAL OBSERVATION MISSION

EZULWINI– SADC elections observers at the invitation of Elections and Boundaries Commission has officially launched the SADC Observation Mission ( SEOM). The SADC Observers came to Eswatini to observe the ongoing elections and they have been deployed in all four administrative regions of the Kingdom of Eswatini. On behalf of His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, Honourable Highvie Hamududu, and the Special Advisor to the Presidency for the Republic of Zambia said that it is important to emphasize that SADC Observers elections are based on the Revised SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections (2015).
“In line with the SADC Principles and Guidelines, the present SEOM was preceded by the Pre-Election Assessment
and Goodwill Mission of the SADC Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC) from the 27-31 August 2018”, said Hamadudu. The SEAC Mission noted that the Kingdom of Eswatini has a unique political and electoral system, the Tinkhundla or
Monarchical democracy, whereby political representation is based on the selection of candidates by individual
merit. Furthermore, Hamududu congratulated the people of Eswatini for the peaceful conduct of their elections in September 2013.”I am pleased to inform you that SADC Electoral Observation Mission to the 2018 General Elections is now fully constituted”, submitted Hamududu. The SEOM consists of 34 observers from 10 SADC Member States namely, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. “The Mission is supported by two experts on electoral processes from SEAC and 10 members of staff from the SADC Secretariat”, added Hamududu. The observers will focus on the pre-election period, which includes the campaign, the voting
day and the process of the counting of the ballot paper. Hamududu also encouraged all stakeholders to ensure that these General Elections are managed in a peaceful, free, fair, transparent and credible manner, and that the electoral process adheres democratic values and principles envisioned in the SADC Treaty, Protocol on Politics,
Defence and Security Cooperation, and the revised SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections.

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