Botswana to lead SADC observer missions

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Gaborone - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observer Mission will virtually observe the conduct of elections in the Seychelles and Tanzania, Botswana's Minister of International Affairs and Co-operation Lemogang Kwape said Wednesday.

Minister Kwape, who will be leading both missions, was appointed this week by President Mokgweetsi Masisi in his capacity as Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Co-operation.

"Our virtual observations will focus on the pre and post-elections periods which include the final stretch campaigns, voting day and the process of counting of the ballot papers," said Minister Kwape in a telephone interview.

The Seychelles will hold presidential and national assembly elections on October 22-24, while general elections will take place in Tanzania on October 28.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and health protocols in the region, the observer missions will only consist of representatives from the SADC Organ Troika member states including Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as members of the SADC Electoral Advisory Council.

These representatives will be supported by the SADC Secretariat, according to a statement released by Botswana's Ministry of International Affairs and Co-operation early this week. - Xinhua

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