An AU Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) is ready to observe the presidential elections on 3rd and 4th August, as the head of the mission, the former President of the Transition Government of Mali, Dioncounda Traore, is expected to arrive on Wednesday.
The AU launched its election observation mission in Rwanda on 23rd July with the deployment of 34 short-term observers (STOs) drawn from 23 African countries, representing institutions such as the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC), the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Election Management Bodies (EMBs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The short-term observers will undertake the AUEOM’s coverage of the last days of campaign and Election Day proceedings including the opening of polling stations, and the voting and counting processes.
The deployment of the election observation mission to Rwanda is in line with the AU’s mandate of promoting democratic elections on the continent, enshrined in the 2007 African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance; the 2002 OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa; and Agenda 2063, Aspiration No. 3, which aims to deepen democratic values and practices, build confidence in electoral processes, and ensure capable and accountable institutions and transformative leadership on the continent.
The Mission will issue a statement of its preliminary assessment of the elections on 6th August 2017 during a press conference at the Park Inn Hotel in Kigali. The mission’s final report will be released within two months of the announcement of final election results.