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The African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) launch a Joint Election Observer Mission for the 2022 Kenyan General Elections

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 The African Union AU and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa COMESA launch a Joint Election Observer Mission for the 2022 Kenyan General Elections
The African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) launch a Joint Election Observer Mission for the 2022 Kenyan General Elections

1 The African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), today officially launched their joint election observation mission for the upcoming general elections in Kenya.

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2 The Joint Mission is led by the former President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, with the support of the former Minister of Health and Social Development of the Seychelles, Ambassador Marie-Pierre Lloyd, a member of the Committee of the Elderly of COMESA.

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3 The objectives of the Mission are to assess the conduct of the 2022 general elections as part of AU-COMESA‘s broad mandates to promote democracy and democratic elections in Africa in accordance with its overall vision of a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Africa.

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4 Speaking at the launch of the Mission, President Koroma stated that the mandate of the AU-COMESA Joint Electoral Observation Mission is an independent, objective and impartial evaluation of the electoral process in accordance with the provisions of international standards and principles that the two organizations have committed.

5 Emphasizing that, “As short-term observers, you have a demanding task ahead of you and I hope that this three-day briefing program will enrich your understanding of the context of the elections,” President Koroma added that, “The Mission will demonstrate the joint efforts of the two organizations to promote peaceful, free, fair, transparent and credible elections that will strengthen Kenya’s democratic process.”

6 In her remarks, Ambassador Lloyd, who is the deputy leader of the Joint Mission, said the launch demonstrates the importance of the elections of August 9″, which is not only recognized by COMESA and the AU but also by the international community in general as is evident in the record number of former presidents leading the observation missions”.

7 The mission, which launched on August 4, 2022, was followed by a three-day briefing and orientation exercise for observers The AU and COMESA began joint engagements in the Kenyan electoral process in May 2022, with the deployment of a high-level pre-election assessment mission to assess the preparation and the context in which the elections will take place.

8 A joint mission of electoral experts began in June and a long-term electoral observation mission followed in July 2022.

9 The joint mission is made up of 90 observers from governments, Member States, the Pan-African Parliament, civil society organizations, academic institutions and Electoral Management Bodies in Africa, among others.

10 Short-term observers will be deployed to various electoral areas in the country on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

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