19 February 2013

Zambia: African Electoral Body Praises Rupiah Banda

The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) has praised former Rupiah Banda, for the role he has played in preparing Kenya for the general elections set for March 4, 2013.

And the Millennium Excellence Foundation (MEF) has described President Banda’s appointment to lead a 50-person Carter Centre international election observer mission in Kenya as hardly surprising.

In a letter to the immediate past Zambian head of State EISA Kenya country director Felix Odhiambo says President Banda’s willingness to attend the election preparation conference and deliver the keynote speech in Nairobi last month made a great deal on the success of the conference and re-engineering of the EISA work towards supporting democratic free and fair elections in Kenya and the African continent.

He adds that the EISA family is forever indebted to President Banda for the support he has accorded the pursuit of its mission to strive for excellence in the promotion of credible elections, citizen participation, and the strengthening of political institutions for sustainable democracy in Africa.

Banda last year led an EISA election observer mission to the National Assembly elections in Lesotho.

And Millennium Excellence Foundation chairman Ashim Morton says President Banda’s commitment to creating an enabling democratic environment at the regional, sub regional, national and local levels in order to achieve sustained economic growth and sustainable development, is seen in his support for African efforts for peace, stability and security.

This is according to a statement released by the deputy administrative assistant to the former president Kennedy Limwanya.


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