THE Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) has announced the arrival of its Election Observation Mission (EOM) in Tanzania to observe the General Election.
The EISA EOM is in Tanzania at the invitation of National Elections Commission (NEC) to conduct an independent assessment of the electoral process.
The mission comprised of 14 international observers drawn from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Election Management Bodies (EMBs) from across Africa.
The EISA EOM is led by Ms Pansy Dikeledi Tlakula, former Chairperson, and Electoral Commission of South Africa.
She is deputised by EISA's Senior Manager for Governance Institutions and Political Processes, Mr Grant Masterson and supported by a coordination and technical team.
This IEOM is the 4th to be deployed by EISA in Tanzania since the 1999 elections.
The mission will base its assessment on the legal framework governing elections in the United Republic of Tanzania and the OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections, the standards and obligations stipulated in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.
Others are the Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation (PEMMO) and the International Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation.
The EISA observers will be deployed to seven (7) regions in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar to observe key processes, beginning with electoral campaigns, pre-polling activities, Election Day and post-polling activities.
On 30 October 2020, the EISA EOM will prepare a statement on its preliminary findings and recommendations on the electoral process up to the voting and counting phases. The mission will remain in Dar es Salaam until 2 November 2020