Ethiopia: AUC deploys Election Observation Mission to 2017 legislative polls in Senegal

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Senegalese Government, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has deployed an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to Senegal’s legislative elections, scheduled for 30 July 2017.

The Mission, which will be in Senegal from 22 July to 4 August, is led by Mrs Catherine Samba-Panza, former Transition President of the Central African Republic (CAR) and comprises 140 short-term observers (STOs) drawn from members of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the AU, the Pan-African Parliament, election management bodies, civil society organisations working in the area of democracy, governance and elections in Africa, think tanks, and independent election experts.

According to AUC, AUEOM draws its mandate from various AU - (a) the African Union Guidelines for Elections Observation and Monitoring Missions (2002); (b) the OAU/AU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa (2002); African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (1981); the African Peer Review Mechanism (2003) and (c) African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007), among others.

The objectives of the AUEOM are to: (a) provide an accurate and impartial reporting or assessment of the quality of the Legislative Elections in Senegal, including the degree to which the conduct of the elections meets (a) national, regional, continental and international standards for democratic elections; (b) offer recommendations for improvement in future elections based on its findings; and, (c) demonstrate AU’s interest in supporting Senegal’s elections and democratisation process to ensure that the conduct of credible elections contributes to the consolidation of democratic governance, peace and stability in the country.
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23 july 2017 07:00:45

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