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AUC Chairperson Approves the Deployment of an African Union Electoral Observation Mission to June 21, 2014 Presidential Election in Mauritania

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission has approved the deployment of an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania's Presidential election scheduled for 21 June 2014.

The AUEOM will be led by the former Prime Minister of the Tunisian Republic,

H.E. Beji Caïd Essebsi. The mission comprises forty (40) trained African Union observers drawn from various African institutions including members of Pan-African Parliament, human right organizations and civil society organizations in Africa. This Mission will be deployed from 13 to 28 June 2014.

The mandate of the AUEOM involves the observation of the electoral process in Mauritania and will operate in accordance with relevant AU instruments for election observation, such as: the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance; the AU/OAU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa; and the AU Guidelines for Elections Observation and Monitoring Missions.

The Mission will present its preliminary findings shortly after Election Day, when a preliminary statement will be released. This will be followed by a detailed and comprehensive final report two (2) months after the election.