Uhuru holds crucial meetings ahead of South Africa’s general elections

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 28 May, 2024 08:10 | 2 mins read
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO/(@4thPresidentKE)/X
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO(@4thPresidentKE)/X

Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta held a series of last-minute meetings with the various stakeholders involved in South Africa's general election set to begin on May 29, 2024.

The former head of state who is the current chair of the African Union Election Observer Mission (AUEOM) convened a meeting with the South African clergy to discuss the role that the church plays before, during and after the elections.

"I met with representatives from the South African Council of Churches, emphasizing the crucial role that faith-based organizations play in promoting peaceful and credible elections," Uhuru said in a statement on his X.

Kenyatta also met with South Africa's Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi.

He would also hold another high-stakes meeting with Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) an independent media organization that advocates for impartial and balanced coverage of the elections in Africa.

"These strategic meetings highlight a comprehensive approach to election observation, involving religious organizations, media watchdogs, and government officials. These efforts underscore the African Union's commitment to supporting member states in upholding democratic principles and promoting stability across the continent," Uhuru noted.

Underscoring the role and impact of the press during the elections, former President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the media had an enormous responsibility to report accurately throughout the electoral process.

AUEOM comprises 60 short-term observers (STOs) drawn from ambassadors accredited to the African Union, officials of election management bodies and members of African civil society organisations.

Retired president Uhuru Kenyatta addresses members of the African Union election observer mission (AUEOM) in South Africa. PHOTO/ (@4thPresidentKE)/X

It also includes African election experts, human rights specialists, gender and media experts, and representatives of youth organizations. 

In an earlier statement, the AU noted that the observer mission will base its assessment on the legal framework governing elections in South Africa 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 (ACDEG), and the international Declaration of Principles (DoP) for international election observation among others.

Uhuru's findings

Uhuru is expected to release the preliminary findings on the conduct of the elections on May 31, 2024, after which a comprehensive analysis of the electoral process will be done within two months after the commencement of the polls.

The retired president will release the preliminary findings in a press conference in Johannesburg where both local and international journalists will be present.

South Africa has a total of 28 million registered voters drawn from the country's nine provinces who will take part in the elections to vote for both national and provincial parliaments.

The winning political parties with a majority of representation will then choose a president to lead the country.

The issues at stake are high unemployment records, violent crime, deteriorating public infrastructure, and glaring economic inequality.

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