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AU deploys Election Observation Mission to Rwanda

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat

Kigali: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, following the invitation of National Electoral Commission, has approved the deployment of an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) in the Republic of Rwanda as the country prepares to hold Parliamentary Elections from 2 to 4 September 2018.

The AUEOM, led by H.E. Mrs Aichatou Mindaoudou Souleymane, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Niger comprises thirty (30) short-term observers (STOs) and will be deployed from 27 August to 08 September 2018.

The objectives of the AUEOM are to: (a) provide an accurate and impartial reporting or assessment of the quality of the September Parliamentary Elections, including the degree to which the conduct of the elections meets regional, continental and international standards; (b) offer recommendations for improvement of future elections based on its observation and findings; and (c) demonstrate African Union’s commitment to support Rwanda’s democratisation process to ensure that the election contributes to the consolidation of democratic governance, peace and stability.

The AUEOM draws its mandate from various African Union instruments, including (a) the African Union Guidelines for Electoral 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.

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