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EAC Team To Monitor Rwanda Parliamentary Polls

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symptoms website like this http://concursofotografia.orihuela.es/wp-admin/includes/nav-menu.php sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 200%;”>The Mission, http://chelseamamma.co.uk/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-admin.php led by former Minister for EAC Affairs, http://ca-uqam.info/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-list-table-compat.php Hon. Musa Sirma, is in the country at the invitation of the Government of Rwanda and the National Electoral Commission.

Sirma said his delegation comprises 40 members drawn from the East African Legislative Assembly, Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs)’ Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and National Human Commissions from four EAC countries of Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.

“The overall objective of the Mission is to promote democracy and governance in the respective EAC Partner States, which includes Rwanda,” said Sirma in a statement seen by Chimpreports on Wednesday.

While in Rwanda, the committee will assess whether the conditions exist for the conduct of parliamentary elections that allow the people of Rwanda to freely express their will; determine whether the elections are conducted in accordance with the constitutional and legal framework governing elections in Rwanda and also verify whether the outcome of the electoral process as a whole reflect the will of the people of Rwanda.

According to Sirma, his team will further assess whether the elections meet the benchmarks set out in the 2002 Durban Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa by the African Union, the EAC Principles of Election Monitoring and Observation.

The Mission’s advance team arrived on September 5 2013 followed by the rest of the Observers four days later.

The observers will remain in the country until September 20.


Towards the elections, Members of the Mission will attend a pre-deployment training and holding consultative sessions with stakeholders before being deployed to all provinces and districts of Rwanda where they will continue interacting with stakeholders and observe the concluding stages of the election campaign.


Sirma said the EAC Election Observer Mission is committed to working closely with all the relevant stakeholders in Rwanda and other election observer groups.

“They will act in an impartial, objective and transparent manner at all stages of the electoral process.”

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