Nkoana-Mashabane in Mozambique for elections

2014-10-15 13:30
International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. (File, AFP)

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrived in Mozambique on Wednesday where she will lead a SADC electoral observation mission (SEOM) for the general elections, her department said on Wednesday.

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"The mandate of the SEOM in the Republic of Mozambique is to assess compliance with the provisions of the SADC principles and guidelines governing democratic elections and the electoral laws of the Republic of Mozambique," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

The SEOM would be undertaken in three phases - pre-election period, election-day, and post-election.

The mission in Mozambique had around 142 personnel from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries such as South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

"The observers are deployed in all the provinces of the Republic of Mozambique," Monyela said.

Mozambican voters were going to the polls on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress wished Mozambique successful elections.

"We remain indebted to the people of Mozambique who suffered at the hands of the apartheid regime and despite the atrocities committed against them, remained steadfast that the cause for the political liberation of South Africa as part of the family of nations on the African continent, must triumph," spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

"We have no doubt that the sacrifices of our common peoples were not for nothing and thus as the people of Mozambique take to the polls today, we wish them free, fair, credible, transparent and peaceful elections..."

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