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Otiende Amollo To Head UK Election Observation Mission

Rarieda Member of Parliament (MP) Otiende Amollo will head the United Kingdom Election Observation Mission as the country heads to elections on Thursday, July 4.

The Mission goal is to ensure observation of all aspects of the electoral process in accordance with international obligations, commitments and standards for democratic elections.

He accepted the opportunity to lead the mission which comprises 19 states and territories including Kenya, Malawi, St Lucia, State of Alderney, New South Wales, Seychelles, Trinidad and Tobago, State Assembly of Jersey and Grenada.

“I welcome this opportunity to work with Commonwealth parliamentarians to observe the 2024 General Election in the United Kingdom on July 4, 2024. I know from my own experience that election missions play an important role in strengthening democracies,” Amollo said.

Other states include Sri Lanka, Parliament of Turks and Caicos, Malta, Lesotho, Mauritius, Parliament of Kitts & Nevis, State of Deliberation, Guernsey, Parliament of St Lucia, Parliament of Anguilla and the United Kingdom.

The parliamentarians from the 18 nations in the mission were drawn from regions across the Commonwealth and were expected to be impartial observers of the voting process.

“We look forward to observing electoral practices in a variety of contexts, regions and nations, reflecting the diversity of the United Kingdom itself,” he stated.

Polls opened at 7:00 am and will close at 10:00 pm as Brits get to select their next Prime Minister and Parliament. The UK is divided into 650 constituencies and voters will get to select Members of Parliament who will represent them in the UK Houses of Parliament.

The candidate with the most votes in a constituency will be elected as a member of parliament and the party with the majority of MPs (at least 326 seats) then forms the government.

In this year’s elections, current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who leads the Conservative party, is set to face off against Keir Starmer, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party.

By Yvonne Moraa

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