PHOTO: EX-President Goodluck Jonathan leads AU election observer team in Zambia

Former President Goodluck Jonathan is in Zambia to observe that country’s general election.

Mr. Jonathan is the leader of the African Union Election Monitoring Mission to Zambia’s August 11 polls.

Early Thursday, he witnessed the opening of a polling station and the start of voting in Lusaka, the capital.

Mr. Jonathan also witnessed the incumbent President Edgar Lungu cast his vote.

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been appointed to lead African Union Elections Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the Zambian general elections scheduled to take place on October 11, 2016.

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A press release published on AU’s website on Tuesday indicated that the former Nigerian President would be leading members of the short term mission to join the continental body’s deployment of long term election experts who are already on ground in Zambia.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission has approved the deployment of African Union Elections Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the General Elections scheduled to place in the Republic of Zambia on 11 October 2016.

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The deployment of the AUEOM will take place in two phases. The first phase comprises the deployment of long term election experts and took place from 14 July to 22 August 2016 and it is made up of 10 observers. For the first time, the African Union long term experts include election/ legal political/media/campaign analysts. The objective is ensure that the AUEOM approaches its work with added professionalism and factual analysis of the legal, political, electoral, media and campaign aspects of the electoral process in Zambia.

At the second phase of the Mission, the long term experts will to be joined by Short Term observers from the 1st to 15 August 2016. The Short Term Mission will be headed by H.E. Goodluck Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The African Union Elections Observation Mission draws its mandate from various African Union instruments, most importantly: (a) the African Union Guidelines for Elections Observation and Monitoring Missions?(2002); (b) the OUA/AU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa (2002); African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (1981) and (c) African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007), among others.

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The objectives of the Mission is (a) 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; (b) to offer recommendations for improvement of future elections based on the findings; and, and (c) to demonstrate AU’s interest to support Tanzania’s elections and democratisation 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.

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