- Published on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:04
- Published by Andrea Ayemoba
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The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has approved the deployment of an AU Short-Term Observation (STO) Mission to the Republic of Kenya March 4, 2013 General Elections. The AU STO Mission will be deployed on 20 February 2013 and will complement the work of the AU Long-Term Observers/Experts who have been deployed to Kenya since 10 January 2013.
The Mission will be led by H.E. Joaquim A. Chissano, Former President of the Republic of Mozambique and will comprise of sixty (60) observers drawn from members of African Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs), Civil Society Organizations, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) of the African Union.
The Mission is in line with key AU democracy and elections instruments, such as:
• The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance;
• The AU/OAU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa; and
• The AU Guidelines for Elections Observation and Monitoring Missions.
As part of his activities, the Mission Leader, H.E. Joaquim Chissano will meet relevant stakeholders in Kenya including the President, the Prime Minister, the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the Chief Justice, Political Parties, Civil Society Organisations, and Security Agencies.
For more information, please contact
Samuel Mondays Atuobi & Idrissa Kamara
Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit
Department of Political Affairs
African Union Commission
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia