Tuesday, 2 August 2016

CARTER CENTER LAUNCHES ELECTION MISSION IN ZAMBIA

By MacPherson Mukuka *In Lusaka*



The Carter Centre has launched a limited international election observation mission ahead of the August 11 General election and national referendum on the Bill of Rights.

Center field office Director RACHEL FOWLER says the mission will be led by former Prime Minister and Acting President of Burundi SYLVIE KINIGI.

She says an additional four medium term observers have been deployed to assess electoral preparations and development on the provincial level and will be joined by additional observers on the Election Day.

Ms. FOWLER says the Mission is accredited by the electoral commission of Zambia to observe the general elections and the national referendum.

She says members of the mission will hold regular meetings with election key stakeholders including members of the international community.

She has further indicated that carter’s election mission is limited in nature and will not offer a comprehensive assessment of the electoral process and Election Day proceedings.

She says the mission will focus on the legal framework, election administration, general election political environment, electoral violence, and resolution of any electoral disputes.

Ms. FOWLER adds that the center assesses the electoral process based on Zambia’s national legal framework and its obligations for democratic elections contained in regional and international agreements.

This is contained in a statement released to the Developmental Journalist in Lusaka today.

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