Freetown – 23rd November, 2019 – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat, has requested Sierra Leone’s distinguished statesman, former president Ernest Koroma, to lead the African Union Elections Observation Mission (AUEOM) for the Republic of Namibia’s 27th November 2019 General Elections.
Extending the invitation to former President Koroma, Mr. Mahamat said that the decision for President Koroma to lead the Mission was based on his “vast experience and commitment to promoting democracy and peace in the continent”.
This AUEOM comprises 40 observers whose objectives are to: (a) provide an accurate and impartial reporting or assessment of the quality of 2019 General Elections in the Republic of Namibia, including the degree to which the conduct of the elections meets regional, continental and international standards for democratic elections; (b) offer recommendations for improvement of future elections based on the findings; and (c) demonstrate AU’s solidarity and support Namibia’s election and democratization process to ensure that the conduct of democratic, credible and peaceful elections contributes to the consolidation of democratic governance, peace and stability in the country.
During this Mission, President Koroma will therefore hold consultations with the various stakeholders including government officials, members of the electoral commission, political parties, civil societies, media, members of the diplomatic corps and other international observer groups.
President Koroma departs Freetown on 24th November, 2019 and returns on 3rd December, 2019.