We had not had a single case of misbehaviour being reported or that has been brought to our notice," said Uteem. "Tunisians have come out as if to prove that they deserve to have been given this chance of expressing their vote democratically, something that they haven't had the chance of doing for a long time."
Uteem said last Sunday that the election was seen by many as "a day of rejoicing for the Tunisians."
The first day discussed the historical and political challenges of land reform and property rights with John Kufuor and Nicephore Soglo moderating, while Cassam Uteem
and Aristides Pereira moderated the session on strategies and models for land reform and property rights.
I am happy to note that my Co-chair in this project, His Excellency Cassam Uteem
, Former President of Mauritius is also present with us, together with the project consultant.
TUNIS (TAP)- A delegation of observers including Messrs Cassam Uteem
, former President of Mauritius, and John Hardman, President of the Carter Centre, and Mrs.
They will join other leaders such as the Honorable James Orengo, Minister for Lands of the Republic of Kenya; former leaders including Thabo Mbeki, Frederick Sumaye of Tanzania, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, John Kufuor and Jerry Rawlings of Ghana, Sir Ketumile Masire of Botswana, Aristides Maria Pereira of Cape Verde, Nicephore Soglo of Benin, Cassarn Uteem
and Karl Auguste Offmann of Mauritius; and Mo Ibrahim Africa Leadership Prize winners Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique and Festus Mogae of Botswana.
He beat five other candidates, including Mauritius's former president, Cassam Uteem
, Sierra Leonean politician, Abdulai Conteh, the former foreign minister of Burundi, Antoinette Batumubwira, Zambia's ambassador to the United States, Dr Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, and the former prime minister of Swaziland, Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini.
served as the first president of Mauritius for 10 years from 1992.
The former president of Mauritius, Cassam Uteem
, who has championed the Chagossians' rights, told me: "You can't imagine how bewildered and terrified they were.
"Once the result is known, it is vital that both the victor abd the loser - whoever they may be - work together in the interes tof the country," said Cassam Uteem
, head of the Commonwealth Observer Group.