Uhuru Kenyatta to Lead African Union Mission to Observe Elections in Nigeria

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union Commission has today announced the launch of its Election Observation Mission to the Feb 25 General Elections in Nigeria.

The polls will be Nigeria’s sixth election since the return to civilian leadership in the country in 1999.

The AU’s short-term mission to Africa’s largest democracy comprises 90 members including representatives of Election Management Bodies, civil society organizations, and independent experts.

Former President of Kenya, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, has been appointed to lead the election observation mission.

The mission, the AU said, has three objectives including providing an accurate and impartial assessment of the electoral process and offering recommendations for improvement of future elections based on the findings”.

It is also expected to “demonstrate AU’s solidarity and support towards consolidation of democracy, peace, stability, and development” in Nigeria, as per the Pan-African bloc.

“As part of its observation process in Nigeria, the AUEOM will engage with various stakeholders as well as observe the polling process,” the AU said.

Based on the findings, the mission is expected to issue its preliminary statement on the electoral process on 27 February 2023 in Abuja.