The African Union and the European Union agree to enhance election observation in Africa (02/07/2015)

Joint Press Release

The African Union and the European Union agree to enhance election observation in Africa

In the framework of the Pan-African Programme, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement for an amount of € 6 Million to support the strengthening of the AU's election observation capacity. The agreement signed on June 23, 2015 in Addis Ababa aims to support  the African Union's election observation missions to meet international standards, and thus contribute to inclusive, transparent and credible elections in Africa.

The main objective of the programme is to support the AU

(i) in developing its human capacity to conduct long term election observation both at the institutional and observation mission levels

(ii) in refining its methodological and technical basis to conduct credible and effective long term election observation missions and

(iii) to assist AU's long term election observation missions' deployment, methodological development and training; including through the continuation of  the current support provided by the EU through the  Election Observation and Democratic Support programme (http://www.eods.eu)

The programme, the first grant signed within the Pan-African Programme framework, has been underway since the beginning of 2015 in line with the Joint Africa-EU Strategy Roadmap agreed at the April 2014 EU-Africa Summit; and as also  reaffirmed in the EU-AU College to College meeting of April 2015. The EU and AU have committed to the promotion of democratic governance through enhanced cooperation on both continents. EU supports the monitoring of elections by the African Union and encourages coordination between EU and AU observation missions on the ground.