Zuma commends Namibia for leading election observer mission

07 Nov 2013 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 07 NOV (NAMPA) - President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has commended Namibia for the manner in which it led the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Election Observer Mission to the Republic of Madagascar.
Madagascar held its Presidential Elections on 25 October this year, and the observer mission was headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
Addressing a joint session of Parliament here on Thursday, Zuma said holding regular elections remains an indispensable marker of progress and the entrenchment of democracy in any country in the world.
Guided by the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections, South Africa (SA) and Namibia fully subscribe to the guidelines defining the successful conduct of a free, fair and peaceful election, he said.
“We look forward to the year 2014 when Namibia, like South Africa, will hold general elections and we know that those elections will be free and fair because our two nations have become torchbearers of democracy and the rule of law,” he said.
Speaking about regional issues, the South African Head of State announced that over the past three days, SA hosted the SADC-International Conference on the Great Lakes Summit, as well as a summit on the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises.
He also noted that Namibia is making progress in her capacity as the Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security.
Zuma went on to say SA wishes to work closely with Namibia on issues such as the reform of multilateral institutions such as the United Nations (UN) Security Council, the G20 and multilateral international financial institutions.
A transformed UN system will be more efficient and more accountable to all its member states, he said, adding that the UN Security Council should be enlarged to better reflect and portray contemporary global political realities, and especially the reality of an Africa steadfastly claiming its position in the community of nations.
Zuma arrived in Windhoek on Wednesday and departed for South Africa on Thursday at around 18h00.