1 September 2016
Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, has approved the deployment of a historic “women-only” team as the AU election observation mission to Seychelles.
Zuma said on Thursday in Addis Ababa that the deployment is in line with AU’s commemoration of the “African Year of Human Rights with a Special Focus on the Rights of Women’’.
She said that the overall objective of the AU mission that would be dispatched from September 1 to September 15, is to provide accurate and impartial reporting and assessment of the quality of the parliamentary elections in Seychelles.
“The mission will also offer recommendations for improvement of future electoral processes in the country based on observer findings.
“It will ensure that the conduct of genuine elections contributes to the consolidation of democratic governance, peace and stability in the country,’’ she said.
She, however, explained that the deployment of a women-only short-term election observation mission is for the parliamentary elections in Seychelles scheduled for September 8 to September 10.
Zuma said that the AU’s Election Observation Mission to Seychelles would be led by Fatuma Ndangiza, former Chairperson of the African Peer Review Panel of Eminent Persons.
The chairperson reaffirmed AU’s continued support to the government and people of Seychelles as they strove to consolidate democracy, peace and stability in the country.