African Union to Observe Gambia’s Presidential Election

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union on Friday said its Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) is in the Gambia to observe the presidential election, slated for December 4.

In a statement today, the AU said it has deployed its observers team at the request of the Government of the West African nation.

Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of South Africa, is leading the AUEOM which comprises nine (9) long-term observers (LTOs) and 60 short-term observers (STOs) from 30 Member States.

AU’s long-term team has been deployed to the Gambia since 20th October.

“They will undergo a three-day briefing and orientation on the political context and the state of preparedness for the presidential election,” said the Pan-African body.

The AUEOM is observing the pre-election activities which include the political environment, electoral legal framework, the transparency of the electoral process, the campaign environment, freedom of the media, and respect for popular participation.

The observers team will release a statement of its preliminary findings and assessment of the election during a press conference on December 6 in Banjul.

A final report will be released within a month, following the official announcement of the election results, the AU said.