Jonathan Set To Lead Commonwealth Observers To Tanzania Polls

Jonathan Set To Lead Commonwealth Observers To Tanzania Polls

Nigeria's former president, Goodluck Jonathan will lead a 33-nation observer mission to monitor the upcoming elections in Tanzania.

Jonathan Set To Lead Commonwealth Observers To Tanzania Polls
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The elections which is billed for Sunday, October 25, will see Jonathan lead the commonwealth observer team, while former the former president of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza will lead the African Union (AU) team.


This information was disclosed by the acting permanent secretary in Tanzania's ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Yahya Simba today, October 9 in the country's capital, Dares Salaam.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been named to lead the a 33-nation observer mission to the Sunday, October 25, 2015 General Election to be held in Tanzania.

According to Vanguard, Simba further enthused that the mission will be made up of observers from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific.

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He said: “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.”

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”.


23 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  will succeed incumbent President Jakaya Kikwete who is completing his second five-year term.

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Meanwhile, Nigeria's former minister of education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has re-affirmed his loyalty to Jonathan, describing him as the best material suited to lead the country to its promised destination

In a similar vein, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state recently compared Jonathan to Jesus Christ, because of the way the former president conceded defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari in the last election, adding that it is the same way Jesus Christ died to save souls.


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