Former Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has been appointed to lead the African Union Elections Observation Mission, AUEOM, to the Zambian general elections which is scheduled for October 11, 2016.
This was confirmed in an official statement on the African Union Website.
“The Chairperson of the AUC 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 statement revealed that for a change, the African Union will be employing the services of experts in legal politics, elections, media as well as campaign analysts in the Elections Observation Mission.
The AUEOM will be conducted in 2 phases. The first phase in this case started from July 14 and will end on 22nd August. It entails the deployment of the long-term election experts cum election observers to the location (Zambia).
In the 2nd phase of the Mission, the long-term experts and analysts are joined by Short Term observers. The short-term mission will last from 1-15 August, 2016.
“The Short Term Mission will be headed by Goodluck Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
According to the statement, the AUEOM drew its mandate from several African Union parameters some of which include:
– The AU Guidelines for Elections 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.
– African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, 2007.
Going further on, the statement includes the essence of the African Union Elections Observation Mission. It says that the goal of AUEOM includes:
“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.”
“To offer recommendations for improvement of future elections based on the findings.”
“To demonstrate AU’s interest to support Tanzania’s elections and democratization 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.”