By NAOMI NYAWALI in South Africa
Former Republican President Ruphia Banda has been nominated to lead an elections observer mission to the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) nominated Mr Banda to be its lead observer for the forth coming election.
Mr Banda will lead a team of 24 observers drawn from Civil Society Organizations and Election Management bodies from across Africa.
EISA Executive Director Denis Kadima said his organization was honored to invite the former President to be its lead observer to the elections, which he described as critical.
The observation mission would be a short term mission which was expected to last for nine (9) days starting on 12th to 20th February.
EISA is a Pan-African Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) specialized in democracy, elections and governance and promotion of credible elections on the African continent.
Mr Banda has since left South Africa for the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he will chair the Eminent Panel meeting of Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) alongside the 32nd African Union Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government before proceeding to Abuja Nigeria.
This is not the first time that Mr Banda has led an Observer mission to Nigeria and other African countries conducting elections.