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Senior Lecturer and Head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies at the University of West Indies, Mona, Dr. Leith Dunn, has been appointed to a 10-member Commonwealth group to observe the Presidential, National Assembly and Local elections in Zambia on September 28. The Commonwealth observer group will be headed by the former Prime Minister of Mauritius, Paul Berenger.This announcement was made by Commonwealth Secretary-General, Don McKinnon.
The other members of the observer group are: John Bennett, Chairperson, Youth Forum, Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, Australia; former United Kingdom High Commissioner to Namibia, Henry Hogger; Speaker of the House of Assembly in Dominica, Alix Boyd Knights; Ollen Mwalubunju, Commissioner of Human Rights Commission, Malawi; Deputy Regional Co-ordinator, Africa Region Commonwealth Youth Programme, Phyllis Andoh; Dr. Badru M. Kiggundu, Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Uganda; Dr Paramasivam Manogran, member of the Malaysian Election Commission, and Eunice Roberts, Commission Member of the Ghana Electoral Commission.
The group will begin work on Tuesday, September 19 and will hold a press conference on Thursday, September 21 at the Hotel Intercontinental, Lusaka, Zambia.
A release from the Commonwealth Secretariat said the observers have been invited in their individual capacities and the views they express regarding the elections will be their own and not those of their respective Governments or of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
The group will submit its report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who will forward it to the Government of Zambia, the Electoral Commission, the leadership of the political parties taking part in the elections and thereafter to all Commonwealth Governments.