Ethiopia: AU approves election observer mission to Cape Verde

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has formally dispatched a short-term election observer mission to Praia, Cape Verde, to monitor the country's Presidential elections slated for 2 October, the AU Commission said Friday.

AU Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said the short-term observer mission is expected in the West African nation on 24 Sept and will stay on the ground until 6 October 2016.

The Electoral Observation Mission (AUEOM) will be led by Manuel Serio Nhamajo, former President of Guinea Bissau.

The mission comprises 20 Short0-Term Observers (STOs) from the Pan African Parliament, the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC), all institutions of the AU and election management bodies, civil society organizations, think tanks, media and academic institutions.

"They will be deployed throughout the electoral constituencies of the country to monitor the electoral process and to consult with key stakeholders involved in the electoral process including government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and media to provide a critical assessment of the conduct of election," the AU said in a statement.

The Mission will ensure that the country's elections conform to the African Union Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the AU said.

The observers will base the successful outcome of the polls on consistency with the OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, the African Union Guidelines for Election Observation and Monitoring Missions.

They will also be measured against other laws including the International Covenant on Civil Political Rights (ICCPR), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the 2005 Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation to which the AU is a signatory.

"This mission is also in the AU’s aim of promoting democratic governance on the continent," the AU Chairperson said.

During its duty tour, the mission is expected to lend a hand in ensuring that the national laws of Cape Verde promote the democratization process in the country.

The AU Chairperson expressed the hope that the mission would play a role in providing an objective, independent and impartial assessment of the conduct of the elections in line with the international and regional best practices and standards.
-0- PANA AO/VAO 23Sept2016

23 september 2016 15:40:04




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