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  • COMESA Deploys a Pre-Election Observation Mission to Zambia

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    COMESA has deployed a Pre-Election Observer Mission to the Republic of Zambia Tripartite Elections set for 11th August, 2016. The first team of the pre-election observer delegation was deployed starting mid-June to selected provinces while the remaining teams will observe in other provinces at different intervals until end of July 2016.

    During this time, and as part of its mission, the delegation will consult electoral stakeholders including Political Parties, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), Security, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Media, among others to gather information on election-related issues as well as to assess election preparedness. The delegation will also engage with the Diplomatic Community as well as with other election observers present on the ground in the selected provinces.

    The Pre-Election Observer mission’s findings will enhance understanding on the conduct of electoral processes in Zambia and will also build into a detailed report that will be submitted to the Electoral Commission of Zambia and the Government within 90 days from the election date.

    The Pre-Election Observation team will be joined by the larger group of COMESA observers who are expected to arrive in the country early August 2016.

    The group will be led by Ambassador Ashraf Rashed , a member of the COMESA Committee of Elders, from Egypt.

    The COMESA Electoral Observation Mission will be guided primarily by the Constitution and other Legal frameworks of Zambia, as read with relevant International and Regional instruments, including the COMESA Guidelines on Election Observation.

    The Mission welcomes this opportunity to contribute to the democratic processes in the Republic of Zambia and looks forward to the cooperation of all Zambians.

    For further information kindly contact:  Mr Raymond Kitevu on Email: RKitevu@comesa.int

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