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Kenya elections: Goodluck Jonathan leads observation mission

Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has given an insight into why his administration was unable to implement recommendations contained in the report of the 2014 National Conference, which his administration commissioned.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has departed Nigeria for Nairobi on Friday to monitor the elections in Kenya.

The ex-leader is leading a team of observers to the country’s general elections that will be held on August 9.

Jonathan is the Head of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA).

His spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze said the EISA team comprises 21 short-term observers drawn from Civil Society Organisations.

The delegation comprises election management bodies and representatives of the academia from across Africa.

Eze noted that observers will be deployed in all the regions and specifically in ten counties in Kenya.

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They will observe the final stages of the political parties’ campaigns, Election Day procedures and results from the aggregation processes.

Their assessment of the electoral process will be guided by the principles set out in the 2007 African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

“It will also be guided by the 2002 OAU/AU Declaration of the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, among others”, the statement added.

The EISA Electoral Observation Mission would issue a preliminary statement on its findings at a news conference on August 11.

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