Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been named as head of the 33-nation Commonwealth Election Observer Mission to the General Election to be held in Tanzania on Sunday, October 25.
Speaking at a meeting jointly organised by the United Nations, UN and the government of Tanzania on the event of the UN’s 70th anniversary which will be commemorated next week, the Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Yahya Simba made this known in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian capital.
According to him, the mission will be made up of observers from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific.
He however stated that while Jonathan will lead the Commonwealth observer team, former Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza will lead the African Union, AU, observer team.
“Tanzania 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,” he said, adding that more than 600 observers from across the world, including from the African Union, will monitor the elections, and that Tanzania had received requests from election observers from almost all European Union member countries.
Also speaking at the event, the UN Resident Coordinator for Tanzania, 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 elections.
“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 Tanzania and the world at large”.
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 councillors.
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.

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