Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been named to lead a 33-nation observer mission to the
Sunday, October 25,
Election to be held in . Tanzania
The Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Yahya Simba made this known in Dares Salaam, the Tanzanian capital, adding that the mission will be made up of observers from
Africa, Asia, the , Americas Europe and the Pacific.
Speaking at a meeting jointly organised by the UN and the government of
on the event of the formers 70th
anniversary which will be commemorated next week. Tanzania
Simba further enthused that while Jonathan will lead the Commonwealth observer team, former Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza will lead the African Union (AU) observer team.
He said: “
is pleased to note that the Post-2015
Development Agenda, inter alia, has taken on board the unfinished business of
the MDGs, focusing on trans-formative change, and endeavouring to eradicate
poverty in all its forms by 2030.” Tanzania
Also speaking at the event, the UN Resident Coordinator for
, Alvaro Rodriguez said: “Men and women
in Tanzania look forward to peaceful and credible
general elections and their voices to be heard on October 25, the date of the
“They view the future with optimism and continue to rely extensively on community radios, local administration, the media fraternity and civil society organisations for information on political events and changes facing the nation.”
“Tanzanians are more aware than ever before about the MDGs and the upcoming transition to the SDGs, while the details of the goals are the targets may be unclear, they know there is a concerted attempt to assists in ending child stunting, ending discrimination and enhancing the overall quality of social services.
“The 70 years’ anniversary of the United Nations is a call for a reflection on lessons learnt over the decades and focus on how to eradicate extreme poverty in
and the world at large”. Tanzania
Yahya Simba, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a press conference said more than 600 observers from across the world, including from the African Union, will monitor the elections.
had received requests from election
observers from almost all European Union member countries. Tanzania
Alvaro Rodriguez, the UN Resident Coordinator in
, at the conference reiterated that the
UN looked forward to seeing peaceful and credible elections in the country. Tanzania
Over 23 million out of a population of about 46 million Tanzanians will go to the polls to elect a new president, members of parliament and councilors.
The presidential candidate for the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, John Magufuli, is facing fierce competition from Edward Lowassa of the leading opposition party CHADEMA.
The winner of the presidential poll will succeed incumbent President Jakaya Kikwete who is completing his second five-year term.