President Kgalema Motlanthe Extends Invitation to SADC to Observe SA Elections on 22 April 2009

Pretoria – The Chairperson of SADC and President of South Africa, President Kgalema Motlanthe has today, Tuesday 24 March addressed a request to SADC to send a team of election observers from the region to observe South Africa’s fourth democratic elections scheduled for 22 April 2009.

In this regard, President Motlanthe requested His Majesty King Mswati III, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the SADC Organ Troika on Politics, Defence and Security to constitute such an observer team.

South Africa’s request to SADC to send an observer team for the April 22 elections complies with and is line with the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
P/Bag X152

24 March 2009.


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