Tanzania: AU urges member states to pick reps to ECOSOCC Assembly

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In a bid to allow greater representation of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Permanent General Assembly of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union, the civil society community in all member countries have been asked to pick qualified candidates as soon as possible.

The ECOSOCC Secretariat has re-opened the application process for elections into the Second Permanent General Assembly till the 10 February, 2017, for CSOs in Member States where elections have not been held, the AU Commission announced on Sunday.

ECOSOCC, one of the AU's 11 organs, was established in 2004 as an advisory organ to the continental body composed of civil society organisations. Its principle is for civil society to organise itself to work in partnership with the AU.

At its 26th Ordinary Session last year, the AU Executive Council adopted a decision on the 2nd ECOSOCC Permanent General Assembly, requesting ECOSOCC and the Commission to continue with organizing by-elections for vacant positions in the ECOSOCC General Assembly to ensure the widest representation of Member States.

Following this, the ECOSOCC Credentials Committee meeting, held from 17 to 19 December 2016, in Cairo, Egypt, directed the Secretariat to re-open the application process for elections into the 2nd Permanent General Assembly for CSOs of Member States where elections have not been held.

These member States include Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe. As countries not represented, each needs to pick two representatives.

According to the announcement, countries under-represented need one representative. These include Guinea, Madagascar, Seychelles, South Sudan, Malawi, Gambia, Chad and Libya.

"Applications will continue to be screened by the ECOSOCC Credential Committee and elections will be conducted for qualified candidates as soon as possible," it said.

The Executive Council requested the Commission, in close collaboration with Member States, to facilitate the establishment of national ECOSOCC chapters as a framework for accountability of elected members, as well as a conduit for disseminating information and mobilising support for AU programmes and activities.

Through ECOSOCC, Member states have a key role to play in popularisation of Agenda 2063 and the Post-2015 Development Agenda -- and all important AU policy frameworks.

ECOSOCC applications forms can be downloaded from http://www.au.int/en or http:// pages.au.int/ECOSOCC.

Completed application forms with all relevant documents should be sent to the Secretariat as soon as possible.
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