ADDIS ABABA – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development has appointed Ethiopia’s former President, Dr. Mulatu Teshome, to lead its election observer mission for the upcoming general elections in Kenya.
Kenyans will go to the polls on August 9in their fifth presidential elections since the introduction of multiparty politics in 1991.
An observers team led by Dr. Mulatu will be deployed to monitor the election, said the bloc, at the invitation of Kenya’s electoral commission.
“The regional organization is pleased to continue to work with the people of Kenya, electoral institution, political leaders, and other observer missions to advance the democratization process,” said Dr. Workneh, the Executive Secretary of IGAD.
“We are also honored that Dr. Mulatu Teshome will lead the IGAD election observer mission,” said the Executive Secretary, adding Dr. Mulatu “is a well-respected Statesman and a distinguished diplomat”.
IGAD is made up of eight member states that include Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.
Featured Image Caption: Dr. Mulatu Teshome served as president of Ethiopia between 2013 and 2018. [Photo File]