Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan will lead the Commonwealth observer mission at Tanzania’s October 25 General Election.
The observers will come from 33 countries of Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Yahya Simba, announced this in Dar es Salaam yesterday at a meeting jointly organised by the UN and the government on the former’s 70th anniversary next week.
While former Nigerian president Jonathan will lead the Commonwealth observers’ team, Amb Simba said, former Mozambican president Armando Guebuza will lead the African Union (AU) observers.
He reiterated that as the country embarks on the new development plan, there is a need to address the unfinished MDGs business in implementing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.
“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,” he said.
He noted that for the new agenda to be achieved there should be effective means of implementation.
This is because the lack of predictable funding and insufficient financial resources were among the several reasons the MDGs were not attained.
Speaking on the upcoming elections, Ambassador Simba called upon Tanzanians to exercise their rights and adhere to the rule of law to ensure that peace and stability prevail.
He further stressed that there is no development without peace and no peace without development.
Therefore every citizen has a role to play to ensure that peace reigns and Tanzania continues to be a prosperous nation.
For his part, Alvaro Rodriguez, the UN Resident Coordinator for Tanzania 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.”
He added: “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.”
He also said that economic growth in rural areas is seen as increasingly dependent, not only on national and local economic policies, but on climate change and variability.
“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,” he said.
Emphasising on the UN at 70 theme and the relevance to Tanzania’s context, the UN Boss in Tanzania said: “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”.
He further said that the period since March this year, Tanzania gets influx of close to 100,000 Burundians fleeing their homes for their safety to Tanzania.
He insisted that the joint work between the government and the UN family as well as civil society organisations has demonstrated that it is not only on development but also in humanitarian issues the partnership can be made more strong and vibrant.
Adeyemi Peter Olaoluwa