25 Apr 2014 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 25 APR (NAMPA) Namibias delegation to the Southern African Development Community (SADC)s Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM) arrived in South Africa this week for that countrys national and provincial elections.
South Africas 2014 general elections are set to take place on 07 May 2014 to elect a new National Assembly, as well as new provincial legislatures for each province.
It will be the fifth election held since the country obtained its independence in 1994.
The delegation to Pretoria is being led by the Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Tuliameni Kalomoh; deputised by the former Namibian Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr Kaire Mbuende, and former Namibian Ambassador to Sweden and Botswana, Theresia Samaria.
A media statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday said the observation mission was conceived as part of SADCs efforts to develop shared values and a commitment to democracy, openness and transparency.
Election observation serves to enhance public confidence in the electoral process.
The mission will assess whether the electoral process conforms to domestic legal frameworks as well as international and regional principles, norms, standards and best practices, the statement read.
The SEOM will be officially launched on Saturday, 26 April at 11h00 in Pretoria by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lesotho, Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa.
As Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO), Tsekoa will stand in for Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is the chair of the MCO and head of the SEOM to South Africa.
More than 100 SADC observers are expected to take part in this mission, and so far, observers from Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia have arrived in Pretoria, and completed two-day elections observer training from 23 April to 24 April 2014, the ministry noted.
The SEOM consists of representatives from the 14 SADC Member States, and will be deployed to polling stations throughout South Africa following the launch on Saturday.