The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has deployed a short term election observer delegation ahead of the first round of the Presidential elections in Egypt scheduled to take place from 26 to 27th May 2014.
Head of delegation, Felix Mutati, says the delegation will be guided by the principles of partiality so that it carries out the election observation mission with competence.
Mr. Mutati notes that election observation requires confidence, considering that it is politically sensitive.
Mr. Mutati, who is also COMESA Committee of Elders Chairperson, has told journalists during a media briefing in Lusaka that election observation is key to having a good democracy in any given country and that the task ahead of them is achievable.
Speaking at the same event, Egyptian Ambassador to Zambia Ragai Nasr says Egypt’s invitation to COMESA is not only out of the belief of the pivotal role played by COMESA in Africa, but also to share experiences with their sisterly member states in such a historic time.
Mr. Nasr says the Presidential elections in Egypt will be a major milestone in implementing the road-map towards restoring the democratic path.
Speaking earlier, COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya explains that the mission will also include senior government officials from COMESA Member States.
Mr. Ngwenya says the delegation will be in that country until 29th May, during which period it will observe the concluding stages of the pre-election activities, voting, vote counting and declaration of the election result, and immediate post-election period.