Media Statement

30 November 2014

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Mauritius for the launch of the SADC Election Observer Mission

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrived today, 30 November 2014, in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius, ahead of the launch of the SADC Election Observer Mission, scheduled for Monday, 01 December 2014.

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane is representing His Excellency President Jacob Zuma, Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

The SADC Organ is responsible for the maintenance of peace and stability in the region. Furthermore, the SADC Election Observer Missions play an important role in observing adherence to democratic principles and practices in the conduct of elections in the region.

Following the launch of the SADC Election Observer Mission on 01 December 2014 in Port Louis, it is expected that SADC Election Observers will be deployed to all the districts in Mauritius as of 04 December 2014, in preparation for the elections scheduled for 10 December 2014.

Following the elections, the SADC Election Observer Mission will, as practice, issue a preliminary statement on the outcome of the elections.

As Chair of the Organ, South Africa has led SADC Election Observer Missions (SEOMs) to Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and Mauritius and will lead the upcoming SEOMs to Zambia and Lesotho during 2015.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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