The former Vice President, Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka will be among the four dignitaries who have been picked by the Commonwealth to observe elections in Mozambique.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland said in a press release that the elections are crucial for the further consolidation of peace and democracy in Mozambique.
“I am pleased that through this group of eminent persons, the Commonwealth will once again be present to demonstrate its support to the people of Mozambique.”
The Commonwealth Observer Group will be in Mozambique as of October 10 to 20 to consider the pre-election environment, preparations, voting on the election day and the post-election environment, including the results process.
The team is expected to function with impartiality and independence and conduct itself according to the standards set out in the International Declaration of Principles for Election Observation.
In the statement, ms.Patricia added that “the responsibility for conducting credible and peaceful elections is a collective one. It falls on all concerned, including the election management body, to political parties, civil society, community leaders, security agencies, the media and the electorate. Each stakeholder has a constitutional duty and responsibility to ensure that the process is credible and peaceful.”
The other dignitaries who will be part of the team are: Former Zambia Solicitor General, and former Attorney General, Musa Mwenye , the Head of Africa Programme ,Chatham House, Dr. Alex Vines, ,South Africa Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nomsa Masuku, Commissioner and Ms. Emma Lee Wilson, the Lecturer in Conflict Mediation, Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University.
The observer group is supported by a Commonwealth staff team led by Yvonne Apea Mensah, Adviser and Head of Africa in the Governance and Peace Directorate.