17, (Xinhua/GNA) - Countries in African Great Lakes region have pledged to
boost transparency in the electoral process in order to foster peace,
stability, inclusivity and sustainable development.
policymakers and experts from the Great Lakes region said on Tuesday at a forum
in Nairobi that improved management of elections is key to preventing
disruptions that are a threat to cohesion and economic development.
elections that are free, fair and transparent are a prerequisite to maintaining
stability, peace and reconciliation in the Great Lakes region," said
Monica Juma, Kenya's cabinet secretary for foreign affairs.
Juma said that
improving the electoral process in the Great Lakes region through adoption of
technology and robust citizen engagement will speed up reconstruction among
countries experiencing political crises.
in the great lakes region should expand democratic space through transparent
elections. Credible polls are key to boost legitimacy of governments,"
Lakes states in partnership with multilateral institutions have prioritized
reform of election management bodies to ensure they are an integral part of efforts
to strengthen democracy and rule of law.
Muburi-Muita, executive secretary of International Conference on the Great
Lakes Region (ICGLR), said that institutional reforms coupled with capacity
development are key to boosting the ability of electoral bodies to conduct
He said that
elections in the Great Lakes region should address long-standing challenges
like alienation of youth and minority groups in political leadership.