The pre-election political mission, led by former South African Vice President and AU Panel of Wise Men Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will deploy from November 26 to December 4 in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, the AU Department of State Affairs Políticos, Paz y Seguridad in a statement issued Tuesday night.
The AU Special Pre-Election Political Mission for Nigeria’s upcoming general election also consists of heads of the Pan-African Parliament, AU Commission staff and independent election experts, the AU said.
Nigeria will hold general elections on February 25, 2023 to elect the president and the bicameral national assembly, as well as state elections on March 11, 2023.
The main objective of the AU Special Pre-Election Political Mission in Nigeria is said to be to assess the state of preparation for the general elections and to express solidarity with the federal government and the people of Nigeria.
The AU said the mission is part of overall efforts to support Nigeria with the aim of consolidating democracy, peace and stability in line with the mandate given to the AU to promote peaceful, democratic and credible elections as stipulated in various AU normative instruments, the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance and the 2002 Declaration of Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa.
While in Abuja, the AU mission is expected to engage with a wide range of key stakeholders in the electoral process, including the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Inspector General of Police, the Parties, the media, civil society including representatives of youth and women’s organizations, among others. ■