Delegates of more than 60 countries have descended on South African soil to attend the Association of World Elections Bodies (A-WEB)’s first and historic meeting on the African continent.
This 5th General Assembly, which incorporates the A-WEB Executive Board Meeting and an international conference, got underway on Tuesday with delegates from electoral authorities of different countries.
Addressing the media in Cape Town, newly appointed Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, Mosotho Moepya, said the Electoral Commission of South Africa is pleased that it will take over the chairpersonship of the global body and will have the opportunity to lead it and serve the objectives of electoral democracy.
“We currently act as Deputy Chairperson of A-WEB and, in accordance with the processes of the A-WEB, we will succeed India at this meeting as the A-WEB chairperson,” Moepya explained.
He said the Electoral Commission of South Africa accepts the enormity of the challenge that it is assuming through being entrusted with the chairpersonship of this world body.
The General Assembly will be followed by an International Conference whose theme is: ‘Safeguarding Election Management Bodies in the Age of Global Democratic Recession.’
Moepya said the Commission is extremely proud that this important discussion is taking place on South African soil.
“The business of the International Conference is important to sustaining electoral democracy and, as such, it is anticipated that this conference will generate ideas to mitigate the erosion of electoral democracy globally,” he stated.
A-WEB was founded in October 2013 with the vision to foster efficiency and effectiveness in conducting free, fair, transparent, and participative elections around the world.
Former President, Thabo Mbeki, will also be a guest speaker at the conference.