Sierra Leone’s former president Koroma leads AU Election Observation Mission in Namibia

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 November 2019:

Former president of Sierra Leone – Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday arrived in Namibia to lead the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM).

The Mission comprises 40 Short Term Observers (STOs) representing various Member States of the African Union (AU), deployed since 21 November 2019.

The delegation consists of members from the African Union Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC), Pan-African Parliament (PAP), African Election Management Bodies, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Independent Experts and Academic Institutions.

Preceding his arrival in Namibia, a two-day orientation and briefing programme for AUEOM observers took place from 23 – 24 November 2019.

The briefing focused on electoral political context, legal framework, levels of preparedness by Electoral Commission of Namibia, levels of preparedness by different electoral stakeholders and the AU election observation methodology.

The aim of the briefing was to sensitize observers with knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the 2019 Namibia General Elections context before their deployment throughout the country.

The Mission’s mandate is to observe the General Elections in line with the relevant African Union instruments, especially (a) the African Union Guidelines for Elections Observation and Monitoring Missions (2002); (b) the OUA/AU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa (2002); African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (1981) and (c) African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007), among others.

The deployment of an AUEOM in the Republic of Namibia demonstrates the AU’s commitment to supporting credible, transparent, inclusive and peaceful electoral processes in its Member States by providing an objective assessment of the process and the political environment surrounding it.

This the AUEOM says is in line with Aspirations No.3 of Agenda 2063, which aims to ensure good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law on the continent.

The AUEOM says it will issue its Preliminary Statement based on its observation of the elections after the close of polls, and its final report within two months after the elections.

2 Comments

  1. Thank you Alimamy for pointing out the bias Saidu encounters on this forum. I am neither APC,nor SLPP,but I like Saidu because of his uncompromising attitude of honesty in issues affecting our country,and because of his deep insights,humor and subtle messages,hidden in his comments.I agree with you none on this forum,except you perhaps,would be able to hold meaningful discourse with Saidu and win.

    My wife likes Saidu,and my uneducated mother in law is always captivated by saidu’s words,whenever they are translated for her.My friend.cleric Abubakarri calls him a Mufti,and my grandmother thinks he is an old soul trapped in an young body.The truth of the matter is that they attack him out of envy.So many people have been attacking Saidu on this Forum just to discredit him,but all of them have failed.Even The editor who is supposed to be the moderator,cunningly attacks Saidu conteh under of the pretext of reprimanding him – THANKS FOR POINTING THAT OUT SIR.

  2. There are those who are mesmerised by high-powered literature. I am not one them, not in this context anyway.I am more interested in the type of literature that will propel my country forward,a thesis that should be a must read for both our present and future leaders to keep them completely focused on the important tasks at hand.

    When any high-powered literature deals with how to revamp our educational system I shall read it over and over again to make sure that no punctuation changes my understanding of it.When any high-powered literature makes it possible for the teenage girl to turn away from prostitution to survive I shall be willing to take my hat off to the author.When high-powered literature brings about electricity constantly,pipe-borne water to all communities,an abundant supply of food,kill and bury corruption till the end of time and more to my country I shall roll over on the floor for the author to walk all over me.

    My nation’s collapse started with Siaka Stevens.It was while he was in office that all the spectacular things for which Sierra Leone was known and admired,including its educational system,lost their balance.Political opponents were framed, prosecuted and executed.The names Dr Mohamed Sorie Fornah and Ibrahim Taqui easily come to mind as victims of this period.Opponents who were lucky to escape,like John Karefa-smart, stayed in exile till age [thanks to Allah’s design]drove Siaka Stevens out of office.

    After the execution of Dr M.S.Fornah and others in 1975 I can still remember what my father said in Thaimne even though I was a boy then:”nthorff npon”{the country is finished]. My word he was right.Until he passed he never wanted to hear the name of Siaka Stevens again, despite the fact that he was ready ready to die for him when he was trying to unseat SLPP in the 1967 elections.

    Now then to get a glimpse of how much Sheki had destroyed the country before being shoved out by age, one has to recall what his successor,Momoh,said when the coup attempt by G.M.T.Kaikai was uncovered in which his guardian and mentor[Sheki ]was implicated.Paraphrasing him he said that those who had harmed the country the most were trying to destabilise it.About this time Sheki was to travel to Britain.Believing that Sheki was trying to skip town to avoid facing prosecution the British High Commission in Freetown cancelled his visa.The records or somebody with a good memory will bear me out on this.

    I have more up my sleeve,but it is past my bed time.I stll maintain that Sir Milton and Ahmad Tejan Kabba are the only leaders we have ever had.Had Sir Milton lived for another five years SLPP,of which Siaka Stevens was a member would never have splintered and resulted in SLPP being labeled as a Mende Man Party.May the soul of Sir Milton rest in perpetual peace if only because he meant well for the nation but the Almighty had other plans and His Plans are always the best.

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