Former Gleaner Editor-in-Chief named on team to monitor Mozambique elections
Former Gleaner Editor-in-Chief Wyvolyn Gager-Patterson has been named as a member of a Commonwealth Observer Group, being led by former Prime Minister of The Bahamas Hubert Ingraham, to monitor upcoming elections in Mozambique.
The group was announced today by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma following an invitation from the National Electoral Commission of Mozambique.
The elections are set for Wednesday, October 15.
The 15-member Commonwealth Observer Group will be in Mozambique from October 9 to 21.
The observer group will consider the pre-electoral environment and election preparations.
On Election Day, it will observe the voting process, vote-counting procedures and the announcement of results, in the light of international standards for democratic elections, to which the country has committed.
As with all Commonwealth Observer Groups, this mission will function impartially and independently, and will conduct itself according to the standards expressed in the International Declaration of Principles for Election Observation, to which the Commonwealth is a signatory, a release from the secretary general said.
The Commonwealth Observer Group will submit its report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who will in turn send it to the Government of Mozambique, the National Electoral Commission, Mozambique’s political parties and eventually to all Commonwealth governments.
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