Jonathan to Lead AU Elections Observer Mission to Zambia

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The Chairperson of the African Union Commission has appointed former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to lead the African Union Elections Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the Zambian general election scheduled to take place on October 11, 2016.

A statement posted on AU’s website yesterday stated that Jonathan would be leading members of the short term mission to join the continental body’s deployment of long term election experts who are already on ground in Zambia.

Below are the details of the statement:
“The Chairperson of the African Union Commission has approved the deployment of African Union Elections Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the General Elections scheduled to place in the Republic of Zambia on  October 11, 2016.

“The deployment of the AUEOM will take place in two phases. The first phase comprises the deployment of long term election experts and took place from July 14 to  August 22, 2016, and it is made up of 10 observers.

For the first time, the AU long term experts include election/ legal political/media/campaign analysts. The objective is to ensure that the AUEOM approaches its work with added professionalism and factual analysis of the legal, political, electoral, media and campaign aspects of the electoral process in Zambia.

At the second phase of the mission, the long term experts will to be joined by short term observers from the August 1 to 15, 2016. The Short Term Mission will be headed by Goodluck Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The African Union Elections Observation Mission draws its mandate from various AU instruments, most importantly: (a) the African Union Guidelines for Elections Observation and Monitoring Missions (2002); (b) the OUA/AU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa (2002); African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (1981) and (c) African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007), among others.

The objectives of the Mission is (a) to provide an accurate and impartial reporting or assessment of the quality of the  October 25 General Elections in the United Republic of Tanzania, including the degree to which the conduct of the elections meets regional, continental and international standards for democratic elections; (b) to offer recommendations for improvement of future elections based on the findings; and, and (c) to demonstrate AU’s interest to support Tanzania’s elections and democratisation process to ensure that the conduct of genuine elections contributes to the consolidation of democratic governance, peace and stability in Tanzania in particular and the East African sub-region in general.