The African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Southern and Eastern Africa (COMESA) officially launched their joint election observation mission today, to the 2022 Kenya General Elections.
According to a statement released by the AU, the joint mission is led by former President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, supported by former Minister of Health and Social Development of Seychelles, Ambassador Marie-Pierre Lloyd, a Member of the COMESA Committee of Elders.
The objectives of the Mission are to assess the proceedings of the 2022 General Elections as part of the AU-COMESA broad mandates to promote democracy and democratic elections in Africa – in line with their overall vision of a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Africa.
Speaking at the launch of the Mission, former President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma said that the mandate of the joint AU-COMESA Election Observer Mission is an independent, objective, and impartial assessment of the electoral process in accordance with the provisions of international standards and principles.
Koroma emphasized that, “the Mission will demonstrate the two organizations’ joint efforts to promote peaceful, free, fair, transparent and credible elections that will strengthen Kenya’s democratic process.”
Deputy Leader of the Joint Mission, Ambassador Lloyd on her part said the launch demonstrates the importance of the 9 August elections, “which is not just recognized by COMESA and the AU but also by the broader international community as evident in the record number of former presidents leading the observer missions.”
The mission was launched on 4 August 2022 and then followed by a three-day orientation & briefing exercise for all the observers involved.