6 November 2012

West Africa: African Union Commission to Send Observer Mission to Three Countries

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Riot police in Freetown (file photo).

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission has approved the deployment of the African Union Election Observers Mission (AUEOM) to observe elections taking place in Sierra Leone, on 17 November 2012; Burkina Faso, on 2 December 2012 and Ghana, on 7 December 2012.

The Commission, through its Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit of the Department of Political Affairs, has concluded plans as mandated by the Commission for the deployment of the AU-EOM to the afore-mentioned countries as follows:

• Sierra Leone: 11th November - 24th November 2012

• Burkina Faso: 24th November - 7th December 2012

• Ghana: 30th November - 12th December 2012

The AU-EOM draws its mandate from various African Union instruments and most importantly the:

- AU Guidelines on African Union Election Observation and Monitoring Missions, 2002

- The OUA/AU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, 2002

- African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, 1981 and

- African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG), 2007

The AU-EOM mission to the various countries comprises selected and fully trained observers from the African Union Observers database including, former Heads of States, Ambassadors, members of election management bodies and other selected and trained observers from civil society organisations in Africa.

The composition of each mission draws from the different region of Africa and comprises forty (40) observers to each of the respective countries.

The mission will remain in constant interaction with the Commission and present a final report on the elections to the Chairperson.

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