African Union Observation Mission for the Legislative Elections of March 10, 2019 in the Republic of Guinea Bissau – Declaration of Arrival

The Commission of the African Union (AU) announces the arrival of an Electoral Observation Mission, in the framework of the legislative elections of March 10, 2019 in the Republic of Guinea Bissau. Following the invitation of the Government, the Chairman of the AU Commission, His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat decided to deploy this Mission to monitor and report on the conduct of these elections.

The African Union Observation Mission (AU-MOE) arrived in Bissau on 03 March and will remain there until 16 March 2019.

The MOE-AU is led by His Excellency Joaquim Rafael BRANCO, former Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe. It comprises thirty (30) observers. It is composed of an Ambassador to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Pan-African parliamentarians, officials of electoral management bodies, members of African civil society organizations and African election experts. These observers come from twenty-one (21) countries, representative of the geographical diversity of the continent, namely: Angola, Benin, Burkina Fasso, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Gabon, Cape Verde, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia and Uganda.

The Mission will observe these elections in the light of the relevant provisions of the 2012 African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the OAU / AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa of 2002, the AU guidelines for the 2002 election observation and monitoring missions, and the legal framework in force for the organization of the legislative elections in the Republic of Guinea Bissau.

The observation will focus on the regularity, transparency and peaceful conduct of elections; in particular the last days of the election campaign and the voting and counting on the day of the vote.

The Mission will meet with the country’s state authorities, defense and security officials, electoral institutions, political parties, the media, leaders of civil society organizations and representatives of the international community present in the country. Bissau. It will also interact with the other Observation Missions deployed in the Republic of Guinea Bissau for the same occasion.

The Mission will be deployed in the nine (9) regions of the country, namely: Autonomous Sector of Bissau, Biombo, Bafata, Gabu, Oio, Quinara, Tombali, Cacheu, Bolama Bijagos.

The Mission will strive to make an honest, independent, professional and impartial observation of the conduct of the said elections.

The Mission will make a preliminary statement on March 12, 2019 at 17 at the Ledger Plaza Hotel. It will decide on the conduct of these elections and, if appropriate, make recommendations to the actors of the electoral process of the Republic of Guinea Bissau. A final report will make a detailed and more comprehensive assessment of the conduct of the elections.

The Mission is established at the Ledger Plaza Hotel. Its secretariat can be reached at the following number: +245956364606.

The EOM-AU thanks the authorities of the Republic of Guinea Bissau for the invitation addressed to the AU and for all the arrangements they have made to facilitate its work on the ground.

Source: African Union