Posted - 13 Sep 2006 : 19:50:22
SALIM AHMED SALIM TO LEAD COMMONWEALTH OBSERVERS FOR THE GAMBIA´S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, former Prime Minister of Tanzania, will lead the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Presidential Election taking placein The Gambia on 22 September 2006.
The Group, established by Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon, consists of 10 eminent persons, supported by five Commonwealth Secretariat staff.
The other Observers are: Akua Dansua, Member of Parliament, Ghana; Daphne de Klerk, former Co-ordinator, Non-Governmental Organisations Forum, Namibia; Priscilla Kare, Head, Young Women´s Christian Association, Papua New Guinea; Jeremiah M Matagaro, Commissioner, Electoral Commission of Kenya; Hajra Mungula, Steering Committee Member, Tanzania Youth Coalition, United Republic of Tanzania; Dr Eastlyn McKenzie MP, Independent Senator, Trinidad and Tobago; Marie Neilson, Australian Electoral Officer and State Manager for Tasmania, Australian Electoral Commission; P M Siriwardhane, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Elections, Sri Lanka; and Eli Turk, Chairman of the Board, Human Rights Internet, Canada.
The Secretariat support staff will be led by Professor Ade Adefuye, Head of the Africa Section, Political Affairs Division. An Advance Team consisting of two observers has been present in The Gambia since 1 September 2006 and will report to the main Observer Group upon their arrival.
The Observers have been invited in their individual capacities and the views they express regarding the election will be their own and not those either of their respective governments or of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
At the end of its task, the Group will submit its report to Mr McKinnon.
He will then transmit it to the Government of The Gambia, the country´s Independent Electoral Commission and the political parties taking partin the election. The Secretary-General will thereafter circulate copies to all Commonwealth governments, following which the report will be made public.
The Observer Group will start work on 18 September 2006.
Mr McKinnon sent a Commonwealth Observer Group to the last Presidential Election in The Gambia in 2001.
From: CNIS 302 - 13 September 2006 Issue
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