Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Following an invitation by Kenya, the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat has announced that it will deploy a 40-member Election Observer Mission to the Kenya for the country's general elections next month.
Former East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Speaker Abdurrahman Kinana from Tanzania will lead the mission, which will be deployed from 18 Feb. to 8 March.
The Secretariat said membership of the mission had been drawn from all the EAC partner states, except Kenya, and are from different but complementary disciplines.
It includes members of the East African Legislative Assembly, National Electoral Commissions, National Human Rights Commissions, and youth representatives from EAC Youth Ambassadors Forum.
“The nominations were based on the principle of gender balance and youth involvement,” a said a statement from the EAC.
Commenting ahead of the deployment, EAC Secretary General Richard Sezibera said “the deployment of an Election Observer Mission to the Kenyan elections is part of EAC’s goal to promote democratic governance in line with the fundamental principles of the Community”.
He said the overall objective of the Mission is to contribute to the promotion of the conduct of free, fair and credible elections through an environment that is peaceful and stable.
“In the long term, the Mission will contribute to strengthening political accountability amongst partner states, provide an avenue for partner states to share experiences on election management and facilitate peer learning,” Sezibera added.