The African Union has appointed a former Governor of Abia State, Dr.
Orji Kalu, as a member of its official Observer Mission to the
Republic of Zimbabwe for the country’s general election scheduled for
July 31, 2013.
Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is to lead the
The Mission draws its mandate from various African Union Instruments.
These include AU Guidelines on African Union Election Observation and
Monitoring Missions, 2002; OAU/AU Declaration on Principles Governing
Democratic Elections in Africa, 2002; African Charter on Human and
Peoples’ Rights, 1981; and African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, 2007.
The AU-EOM Mission, made up of selected and fully trained observers
from the African Union, will be in Zimbabwe from July 24 to August 2,
2013 to observe the conduct of the parliamentary and presidential
The team is expected to increase voters’ confidence in a transparent,
inclusive and credible process, deepening the democratic culture in
The intervention is AU’s long standing support to the stabilization
and transition process in Zimbabwe for the promotion of regional peace and stability.
The Mission will remain in constant interaction with the Commission
and present a final report on the elections to the AU chairperson.