THE Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) has sent 14 officials to Zambia to observe Tuesday’s presidential election , it has been learnt.
The team is led by former President of Mauritius Cassam Uteem, together with EISA’s executive director, Mr. Denis Kadima as the deputy mission leader.
The EISA observers would be deployed to five provinces to oversee the final phase of the campaigns, the preparations of the Electoral Commission of Zambia and other electoral stakeholders.
The team was expected to visit polling stations to follow all election day procedures.
The deployment of this EISA team would be the fourth in a series of EISA EOMs in Zambia since the 2006 tripartite elections.
EISA has noted that the presidential election takes place in line with the provisions of article 38 of the Zambian Constitution, which grants Zambians the rights to choose another president after the sudden death of the sitting President. The mission was composed of 14 short term observers drawn from civil society organisations and electoral commissions across the African continent, and would be equipped with computer tablets for the collection and transmission of their findings in real time.“The mission’s impartial and independent assessment of the elections will be guided by principles and standards set out in the African Charter on democracy, elections and governance.
“It will also be guided by the African Union Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa; the Declaration of Principles on International Election Observation and the Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation (PEMMO) as well as the Zambian legal framework governing the elections.”