AU, COMESA Launch Joint Election Observer Mission to Kenya
ADDIS ABABA – The African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Southern and Eastern Africa (COMESA) on Thursday launched a joint election observation mission for the upcoming General Elections in Kenya.
Kenyans will head to the polls on August 8, next week, to vote to decide their country’s next president.
Former Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma is leading the AU-COMESA joint observer mission comprises 90 observers drawn from AU member States, the Pan-African Parliament, Civil Society Organizations, Academia, and Election Management Bodies in Africa.
President Koroma stated that the mandate of the joint AUCOMESA Election Observer Mission is an independent, objective, and impartial assessment of the electoral process as per international standards and principles.
“The Mission will demonstrate the two organizations’ joint efforts to promote peaceful, free, fair, transparent, and credible elections that will strengthen Kenya’s democratic process,” he added.
The AU and COMESA began joint engagements in Kenya’s electoral process in May 2022, with the deployment of a high-level pre-election assessment mission to assess the preparedness and the context in which the elections will take place.
A joint Election Experts’ Mission began in June and a Long-Term Election Observation Mission followed in the month of July 2022.
The Short-Term Observers will be deployed to various electoral areas of the country on Sunday, 7 August 2022, according to the AU.