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African Union Deploys Election Observer Mission to South Africa's Landmark 2024 Elections

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Mbeki edmond

May 1, 2024

South Africa's upcoming national and local government elections

A woman casting her vote in previous elections in South Africa

The African Union (AU) has announced the deployment of an election observer team to South Africa to oversee the highly anticipated general elections scheduled for May 29, 2024. This observer mission, led by former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, consists of 60 short-term observers who will monitor the elections from May 21 through June 3.

The mission, officially known as the AU Election Observation Mission (AUEOM), aims to ensure transparency and fairness in the electoral process.

The AUEOM plans to engage with various electoral stakeholders, overseeing the final stages of the election preparation and the actual polling process.

South Africa's upcoming national and local government elections are expected to be exceptionally competitive. According to the nation's electoral management body, this year's elections will feature more than 14,000 candidates competing for 887 seats across national and provincial legislatures, marking it as potentially the most contested election in the country's history.

Following the elections, the AUEOM will compile and issue a preliminary report based on their observations to provide insights into the electoral process's integrity and fairness.

This deployment underscores the AU’s commitment to promoting democratic processes across the continent. The outcome of these elections is keenly awaited, not only by South Africans but also by international observers and stakeholders aiming to support democratic stability in Africa.

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