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AU deploys election observers to Angola ahead general election

By Newsdesk and agency report

Ahead of next weeks general election in Angola, African Union (AU) has approved deployment of no fewer than 40 election observers to the country, to access conduct of the poll.

The 40-member team led by Cape Verde former Prime Minister, Jose Maria Neves, were drawn from AU Permanent Representative Committee, Pan-African Parliament, Election Management Bodies, Civil Society Organizations and academia.

Neves and other members of the team appointed as observe for the Angolan general elections scheduled to hold Aug. 23, would submit their report which recommendations would be adopted for future elections.

AU Commission, Chairperson, Moussa Mahamat, in a statement on Wednesday, said that the team has been approved as AU Election Observation Mission (AUEOM), for the poll in the country.

The mission has objectives of providing an accurate and impartial reporting or assessment of the quality of the general elections in Angola, including the degree to which the conduct of the elections meets regional, continental and international standards for democratic elections.

“It is also with objective of demonstrating AU’s interest to support Angola’s elections and democratization process to ensure that the conduct of genuine elections contributes to the consolidation of democratic governance, peace and stability in Angola in particular and the Southern Africa sub-region in general,” the statement added.

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