Uhuru leads AU election observation mission ahead of South Africa general election

Uhuru leads AU election observation mission ahead of South Africa general election

The African Union Electoral Observation Mission (AUEOM) arrived in South Africa ahead of the general elections on May 29, 2024.

At the invitation of the Government of South Africa and the South African Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, approved the short-term deployment of the AUEOM to assess and report on the conduct of this election .

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The AUEOM is led by Uhuru Kenyatta, former President of the Republic of Kenya, and is composed of 60 short-term observers (STOs) drawn from ambassadors accredited to the African Union, electoral management body officials, members of African civil society organizations, electoral experts, human rights specialists, gender and media experts, and representatives of youth organizations.

The observers come from 24 countries including Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria and South Sudan . , Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

AUEOM will base its assessment on the legal framework governing elections in South Africa and the OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections, the norms and obligations stipulated in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG). and the International Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG). Declaration of Principles (DoP) for International Election Observation, among others.

The Mission will interact with state authorities, the Independent Electoral Commission, political parties, the media, civil society organizations and representatives of the international community.

The Mission will also interact with other election observation missions deployed to observe the 2024 general elections in South Africa.

The Mission will release its preliminary findings and recommendations on the conduct of the elections on May 31, 2024 at a press conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A final and comprehensive report will be published within two months from the date of announcement of the final election results and will be posted on the AU Commission website.

The Mission Secretariat is located at the Hilton Hotel, Sandton, South Africa.



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