Ethiopia: Kenyan career diplomat heads AU observer mission in Liberia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  (PANA) - The African Union Commission has deployed Erastus Mwencha, its former Deputy Chairperson, as the head of the election observer mission in Liberia.

In a statement Monday the Commission said the head of the AU Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) has arrived in Liberia ahead of the elections on Tuesday in the West African nation.

A champion of regional integration, Mr. Mwencha held the position of Deputy Charperson for eight years (2008 – 2016).

Mr. Mwencha was received upon arrival by Liberian Minister of Commerce and Industry Axel Marcel Addy. The AUEOM has been in Liberia since 2 Sept. at the invitation of the Government of Liberia and the National Elections Commission (NEC).

The short-term observer (STO) delegation will remain in Liberia until 13 October, while the long- term Observers (LTO) and Core Team will stay in the country until 26 October to follow the management and proclamation of the election results.

"The leadership of the AUEOM will hold high level courtesy and consultative meetings with national stakeholders and the leadership of peer International Election Observation Missions present in Liberia," the AU said.

According to the statement, the Mission concluded a three-day technical briefing programme for its Short-term Observers in Monrovia on Monday.  

The purpose of the briefing was to provide key information on the political context of the 2017 elections and the state of preparedness of NEC and other national stakeholders, as well as familiarization with AU election observation methodology, including the use of technology to gather and analyze data.

The AUEOM will release a statement on its preliminary findings on the conduct of the 2017 elections on 12 October 2017.

Deployment of AUEOM to Liberia is in line with the AU’s mandate of promoting and deepening democracy on the continent, as enshrined in relevant instruments of the continental body.

It is also in line with the third aspiration of the AU Agenda 2063 which aims to ensure good governance, democracy, and respect for human rights, justice and rule of law.

-0- PANA AO/AR 9Oct 2017

09 october 2017 17:40:59

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