Former President Rupiah Banda is scheduled to lead a 50-person Carter Centre International observer mission in Kenya ahead of next week’s polls in that country.
The Former Head of State has expressed confidence in the preparations that the Kenyan people have made to holding peaceful and credible elections that all Africans can be proud of.
He cited among other factors, the interventions that have been put in place by the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (ELSA) Kenya chapter, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the Kenyatta University School of Law and the Kenyan Judiciary working committee on the election preparations.
This is contained in a press statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Mr. Banda said the Kenyan elections slated for March 4, 2013 were important not only because of the spectre of violence that the 2007 polls left but also that they will be Africa’s first in the year 2013.
“It will be important that the Kenya elections are seen to be credible, transparent and democratic in every respect. That way, all other elections on the continent can follow the same path,” said the former President.
Mr. Banda is expected to travel to Kenya at the invitation of former United States President and Carter Centre Chairperson Jimmy Carter.
President Carter is hopeful that the former Zambian leader’s experience, knowledge and political leadership would be invaluable to the mission.
Mr. Banda has previously headed the Carter Centre Mission to presidential and parliamentary elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone.
He has also overseen National Assembly elections in the Royal Kingdom of Lesotho under the electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa.