NEW DELEGATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS
AFRICANS AND EUROPEANS TOGETHER LOOK AT KENYA'S ELECTIONS
Members of Parliament from African and European countries
have arrived in Kenya to observe the elections of 27 December.
They will form two different delegations - the European Parliament
Delegation and the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly Delegation.
Parliament, as the elected parliamentary body of the European
Union, has a prominent role in electoral observation, given
its democratic legitimacy and specific expertise, and thus
raises the political profile of the EU Election Observation
Mission, whose Head is himself a Member of the European Parliament.
The European Parliament Head of Delegation is Emma, Baroness
Nicholson, MEP; its other members are Glyn Ford, MEP amd Jim
The Joint Parliamentary
Assembly is the parliamentary body established under the Cotonou
Agreement which established a partnership between African,
Caribbean and Pacific states (the ACP) and the European Union.
This delegation has five members, three from African countries
and two from the European Parliament. The co-Heads of Delegation
are Beatrice Kiraso, MP, from Uganda, and Fode Sylla, MEP.
The other members are A.M. Badri, MP, from the Sudan, H. Zembere,
MP, from Malawi and Nelly Maes, MEP. This delegation will
be working in close cooperation with the EUEOM.
themselves, they are in Kenya to look at the overall political
picture, particularly of course at the elections, which are
a vital part of the development of democracy and respect for
human rights and the rule of law, a fundamental part of the
Cotonou Agreement, but also to help further strengthen relations
between Kenya, its ACP colleagues, and the European Union,
for economic and social progress as well as political development.
day, they will be concentrating on particular areas - Central
Province for the European Parliament Delegation and Rift Valley
Province for the JPA Delegation.
have been identified by both parliamentary bodies as being
of particular significance: for Kenya itself, where President
Moi is standing down after 24 years in office; for Africa
where they may add to recent encouraging examples of democratic
change, as in Ghana and Senegal; and for the European Union,
linked ever more closely with its African, Caribbean and Pacific
ENDS 23.12.02 16.00 hours Nairobi