Zambia: AU Deploys Election Observers to Zambia

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission has approved the deployment of African Union Elections Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the general elections scheduled to take 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 22 August 2016 and it is made up of 10 observers.

For the first time, the African Union 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 August 1 to15 2016. The short-term mission is headed by the former President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan.

The African Union Elections Observation Mission draws its mandate from various African Union 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 25th October 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,

(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.

Source: The Herald.