Kenyan Elections: Goodluck Jonathan Leads Team Of Election Observers

The Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan has departed for Nigeria for Nairobi where he would be leading the team that would be monitoring the elections in Kenya.

The ex-leader has also revealed that he would be leading a team of observers to the country’s general elections that will be held on August 9. Jonathan is the Head of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA).

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His spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze said the EISA team comprises 21 short-term observers drawn from Civil Society Organisations.

The delegation comprises election management bodies and representatives of the academia from across Africa. Eze noted that observers will be deployed in all the regions and specifically in ten counties in Kenya.

They will observe the final stages of the political parties’ campaigns, Election Day procedures and results from the aggregation processes.

Their assessment of the electoral process will be guided by the principles set out in the 2007 African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

“It will also be guided by the 2002 OAU/AU Declaration of the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, among others”, the statement added.

In another report, The EISA Electoral Observation Mission would issue a preliminary statement on its findings at a news conference on August 11.

The Bayelsa Police Command has confirmed the abduction of a cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Mike Ogiasa by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

Ogiasa who is a former cabinet member in the administration of former Bayelsa governor Senator Henry Seriake Dickson reportedly kidnapped from his community, Otuabagi in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Saturday.

According to investigations, Ogiasa who is the convener of the socio-political group named Voice of the South-South has been at the forefront to draft Jonathan into the 2023 Presidency.


Africa Today News, New York

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