Kenya’s Amina Mohamed to lead Commonwealth observers for Zimbabwe polls

Former Kenya Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed will lead the 5-member Commonwealth Observer Mission to Dominica’s general election set for December.

Mohamed together with Liberata Mulamula (Former Tanzania, Minister of Foreign Affairs) Prof. Praja Trivedi (Commonwealth Envoy India), Ian Hughes Assistant (Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Commission, Antigua, and Barbuda), and Wyvolyn Patterson, a journalist will be deployed to observe the country’s general elections slated for December 6, 2022.

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland KC, constituted the five-member group of observers.

The Commonwealth, according to the Secretary-General, has a long history of standing in solidarity with citizens as they prepare to elect their leaders.

“Under the chairmanship of Hon. Amina Mohammed, I firmly believe that the observer group will provide an informed, comprehensive, and impartial assessment of the electoral process,” she said.

The observer group will arrive in Roseau on 30 November 2022 and stay until the completion of the electoral process.

During their stay, which will see them deployed throughout the country, they will be supported by a team from the Commonwealth Secretariat led by Ms Chantal Sciberras, Adviser and Head of Europe in the Governance and Peace Directorate

The COG will observe all aspects of the election process – from the opening of polling stations and the voting process to the counting of ballots and announcement of results – and determine whether the elections are conducted in line with international standards as well as the domestic democratic standards to which Dominica has committed itself.

They will also meet and hold briefings with stakeholders, including election management officials, representatives of political parties, civil society groups, the media, and other key stakeholders.

As per the COG’s mandate, observers will act impartially and will adhere to the standards of the Commonwealth Guidelines for the Observation of Elections as well as the International Declaration of Principles for Election Observation, to which the Commonwealth is a signatory.

Two days after election day, the Observer group will issue an interim statement outlining its initial findings.

A final report, which will include the assessment of the electoral process and a set of recommendations for reforms to improve future elections, will be presented to the Government of Dominica, the Electoral Office, and other stakeholders, before being made public.