Former Nigerian President, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan has been appointed by the Commonwealth as the head of its Election Observation Mission for Pakistan’s general elections scheduled for February 8, 2024.
Mr. Jonathan, who previously served as Nigeria’s President from 2010 to 2015, is expected to lead a team of multidisciplinary experts to observe and provide an independent assessment of the electoral process.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland in a statement, expressed gratitude to Mr. Jonathan for accepting the role and stressed the importance of his leadership, experience, and wisdom in the mission.
The 13-member Observer Group is set to arrive in Islamabad on February 1, 2024, and will remain until the completion of the electoral process.
The Commonwealth of Nations, often referred to as the Commonwealth, is an international association of 56 member states, the vast majority of which are former territories of the British Empire from which it developed.
The Commonwealth Secretariat, in a statement, said the 13-member Observer Group is due to arrive in Islamabad on February 1, 2024 and will remain in the country until the electoral process is completed.
The secretariat said the team of observers will assess the conduct of the process as a whole and, where appropriate, make recommendations for the further strengthening of the electoral system.
The statement expressed the hope that the recommendations would be beneficial to the people and government of Pakistan in strengthening their electoral processes, noting that the Commonwealth Secretariat would be ready to assist with the process, if deemed necessary.
Scotland called on stakeholders, including political parties and their supporters, to contribute to a peaceful election in keeping with the Commonwealth values, adding that members of the observer group will be stationed across the country all through their stay.