The African Union Election Observation Methodology and Training workshop conducted in partnership with the European Union (30/12/2015)
In the framework of the Africa-EU Partnership Pan-African Programme, a review of African Union Election Methodology and Training of Trainers is being conducted from 14-18 December 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The workshop is organised as part of the European Union support to the African Union by providing technical assistance to increase the AU’s capacity in Election Observation, and in particular in supporting AU's Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit (DEAU) human capacity and establishing the AUC/DEAU training mechanism and coordination function.
The adoption of a number of AU governance instruments have confirmed the commitment of the African Union to strengthen its role in promoting and protecting the integrity of elections in Africa. The 2002 Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa (the Durban Declaration) and the 2007 African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance constitute the political mandate for the African Union to observe elections in AU member states.
Dr. Mamadou Dia Head of Democracy, Governance, Human Rights and Elections at the African Union and Ms Anna Burylo Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to the African Union during their opening remarks stressed that such peer-to-peer collaboration between the EU and the African Union particularly on the field missions will enhance the AU capacity to undertake election observation missions in Africa.
The African Union Commission and the European Union signed an agreement in June 2014 for an amount of € 6 Million to support the strengthening of the AU's election observation capacity.