AU redeploys election observers to Nigeria


The African Union (AU) has redeployed an election observation mission in Nigeria following invitation from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria, said AU’s statement on Monday.

African Union headquarters
African Union headquarters

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the AU Commission, approved the deployment of an AU election observation mission (AUEOM) to the general elections in Nigeria, which were originally scheduled for February but later postponed to March.
AU launched its election observation mission in Nigeria on Feb. 2 with the deployment of 14 Long-Term Observers (LTOs) drawn from 14 African countries, recalled the statement, the LTOs were later withdrawn on Feb. 23 following the postponement of the elections.
The LTOs were redeployed on March 14 and will remain in the country until April 16 to follow the presidential and state elections scheduled for March 28 and April 11 respectively, said the statement.
The LTOs will be joined by 70 Short-Term Observers (STOs) on March 21-22 drawn from various African countries and the Pan- African Parliament to complement the work of the LTOs on Election Day, it said.
The AU Mission to Nigeria is led by Amos Sawyer, former interim president of Liberia and assisted by Ibrahima Fall, former UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs and former foreign minister of Senegal, according to the statement. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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