The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has deployed the first batch of election observers of the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to Kenya.
The first batch comprises five election experts is expected to be in Kenya from 24 September – 9 November 2017. It is to ensure that the AUEOM conducts a comprehensive observation and analysis of all relevant aspects of the electoral process.
The second known as 80 Short Term observers comprises 80 experts, which will be led by H.E. Thabo Mbeki, former President of the Republic of South Africa will be in Kenya from the 19 – 31 October 2017.
The objectives of the AUEOM are:
(a) to provide an accurate and impartial reporting or assessment of the quality of 26 October fresh presidential election, including preparation, voting and the results management process and the degree to which the conduct of the election meets regional, continental and international standards for democratic elections;
(b) to offer recommendations for improvement of future elections based on the findings; and, and
(c) to demonstrate AU’s interest to support Kenya’s elections and democratisation process to ensure that the conduct of genuine elections contributes to the consolidation of democratic governance, peace and stability in Kenya.
It will be recalled that AU sent observers to the August 8 elections which was nullified by Kenya’s Supreme Court, claiming there were irregularities in the conduct of the elections.