Addis Ababa, 9 April 2015: Following an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Sudan, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has approved the deployment of an African Union Short-Term Election Observation (STO) Mission to the Republic of Sudan’s Presidential and Parliamentary Elections scheduled for 13-15 April 2015. H.E. Olusengun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, will lead the Mission, comprising African Ambassadors, Members of the Pan-African Parliament, Members of African Electoral Management Bodies and civil society organisations in Africa.
AU observers will be deployed from 10 to 20 April to observe the voting, counting and announcement of election results. It could be recalled that the AU deployed a pre-election assessment mission to Sudan from 1-10 March 2015 to examine the conditions under which the April 2015 elections will be held. The AU Mission has a mandate to observe and report on the election process in Sudan and will operate in accordance with relevant AU instruments for election observation, such as the 2007 African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance; the 2002 AU/OAU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa; 2002 AU Guidelines for Elections Observation and Monitoring Missions.
For more information, please contact the Mission Coordinator:
Mr. Idrissa Kamara
Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit
Department of Political Affairs
African Union Commission