African Union Commission (AUC) has assigned 50-member Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to Tanzania’s general elections scheduled for next week.
The AUEOM which is led by His Excellency Armando Emilio GUEBUZA, former president of the Republic of Mozambique is comprised of 50 high profile personalities and experts drawn from the Pan-African Parliament, African Ambassadors to the AU in Addis Ababa, Election Management Bodies and Civil Society Organizations from various African countries.
Basing its activities on the principles of credibility, transparency, fairness and professionalism in the conduct of the elections, the AUEOM will meet with various electoral stakeholders in the country, including relevant electoral and government institutions, political parties and civil society groups.
It will release its preliminary assessment at a press conference in Dar Es Salaam soon after the election while a detailed final report which will be shared with the appropriate Tanzanian authorities and institutions, will be produced within two months.
AUC chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the assignment was at the behest of Tanzanian government in line with the provisions of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance meant at enhancing electoral processes in Africa, strengthening electoral institutions in conducting fair, free, and transparent elections, which entered into force on February 15, 2012.
Its mandate was further strengthened by the AU/OAU Declaration on the principles governing democratic elections in Africa adopted by the AU Assembly in July 2002.