Ahead of Nigeria’s 2023 General Elections, as well as those of a number of other countries on the continent, the African Union (AU) has called on African countries scheduled to hold elections during the first half of 2023 to ensure peaceful and inclusive elections.
The AU believes that conducting peaceful, free and fair elections will help in silencing the guns in Africa.
The call was made by the AU’s Peace and Security Council in a statement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, following its recent meeting that dwelt upon elections that were conducted in Africa from July to December 2022 and an outlook for 2023.
The Council welcomed the “relentless efforts” being deployed by AU member states scheduled to organise elections during the first half of 2023, namely Benin, Djibouti, Nigeria, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone.
It encouraged the countries to sustain their effort in order to ensure that their planned elections are peaceful, inclusive, transparent, democratic, and credible toward realising the continental aspiration of silencing the guns in Africa.
It underscored the need to further strengthen the institutional capacity of judicial systems across the continent toward effectively addressing all electoral disputes, and to promote platforms for dialogue, consensus building and amicable settlement of election-related disputes among political actors.
The Council further called on all AU member states to continue to redouble their efforts in mobilising domestic financial resources for their election processes with a view to insulating the elections from unintended consequences of depending on external sources of election financing.
Meanwhile, the Council congratulated countries that successfully held elections during the second half of 2022 in a peaceful and transparent manner, namely the Republic of Congo, Senegal, Kenya, Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia and Lesotho.
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