ADDIS ABEBA – Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), approved on Monday the deployment of a pre-election assessment mission to Mozambique.
The decision came following an invitation from the Government of Mozambique to the African Union to participate as an international observer.
The southern African nation will hold presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections on October 10, 2019.
The mission comprises 4 electoral experts and 2 staff from the AUC who will undertake consultations with key electoral stakeholders in the country from Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August 2019.
The purpose of the mission is to assess the state of preparations for the elections by all stakeholders, including the current political environment.
The mission will also offer recommendations to the Chairperson of the AUC in terms of whether the necessary conditions have been established for the holding of transparent, free and fair elections in conformity with the AU principles for democratic elections.
“The deployment of a pre-election assessment mission demonstrates the AU’s support and commitment for Mozambique’s democratization process,” AU says in a statement on Monday.