Ethiopia: PSC satisfied with court appeal by Gabonese presidential candidates

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) considers acceptable the appeal lodged with the Constitutional Court of Gabon by candidates to the 27 August 2016 Presidential Election, according to a statement issued here Wednesday.

It said the PSC, at its 624th meeting on 13 September 2016, adopted the decision on the post- electoral situation in Gabon, noting with satisfaction that the presidential candidates have used  legal and constitutional means as provided for the resolution of any dispute related to the result of the ballot.

The Council has stressed the importance of the conclusion of the appeals process submitted by the candidates in a transparent and regular manner, thus contributing to the entrenchment of democracy in Gabon, as well as to promotion of peace and stability in the country and in the region.  

In addition, the Council requested the AU Commission, in close cooperation with the partners concerned, and within the respect of the sovereignty of Gabon, to support the relevant Gabonese institutions in their efforts aimed at enhancing the transparency and credibility of the review process, as well as the proclamation of the final results of the Presidential Election by the Constitutional Court.

It also requested the Commission to deploy observers, who will be chosen from among eminent members of high African French speaking jurisdictions, to assist the Constitutional Court of Gabon, in accordance with the modalities to be determined by common agreement with the Court, as well as in compliance with the rules of procedure and the relevant provisions of title VI of the Gabonese Constitution.

Together with decision on the situation in Gabon, the PSC has welcomed the initiatives taken by the current Chairman of the AU, President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad, as well as the AUC Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in the search for an early resolution of the post-electoral situation in Gabon.

"Council expresses its appreciation to the countries of the region, through the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), as well as to the partners, in particular the United Nations, for their continued support to AU efforts in Gabon," said the Council in the statement.
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14 september 2016 12:14:32

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