Africa’s eyes on SA elections

2009-04-20 00:00

Two representatives of the African Union (AU), based in Pietermaritzburg as election observers, made an early start yesterday as they accompanied Independent Electoral Commission staff to hospitals and old-age homes for special status voters to cast their ballots.

James Kalilangwe, Malawi’s ambassador to Ethopia, and Sewnarain Awatar, retired deputy chairman of the Mauritian Electoral Commission, were in an upbeat mood and looking forward to monitor the elections.

Yesterday, KZN Premier S’bu Ndebele welcomed former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who is also here as part of the AU’s election observer mission, which is led by Salim Ahmed Salim, the former Tanzanian premier. It includes members of the AU Parliament, officials from African election bodies and members of civil society. The Southern African Development Community also has a team of observers.

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