Sawyer leads 70-man AU election mission to Nigeria

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By Shu’aibu Adamu
ADDIS ABABA – The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Dlamini Zuma said on Monday in Addis Ababa that its 70-AU African Union Observation Mission (AUEOM) has arrived in Abuja

Zuma told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the delegation is led by Liberian interim president, Mr Amos Sawyer.

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Zuma said that Sawyer is being assisted by Mr. Ibrahima Fall, former UN Secretary-General for Political Affairs and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senegal.

She said members of the delegation were drawn from across Africa and would be in Nigeria for the period of the election, March 28 and April 11.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]

Zuma told NAN that the delegation was sent to Nigeria on the invitation of Nigeria’ Independent

“The 70-man Short-Term Observers were drawn from various African countries and the Pan-African Parliament to complement the work of the LTOs on Election Day,“ she said.

She said the observers’ deployment was in accordance with the Commission’s mandate.

Zuma assured that the activities of the team would be guided by the principles and guidelines as stated in the AU instruments and other relevant international guidelines on election observation.

It said the team’s activities would also be guided by Nigeria’s legal framework on elections..

NAN reports that the Mission would issue a statement of its preliminary assessment of the elections on March 29 at a news conference in Abuja.

NAN recalled the African Union on February 2 deployed 14-member long-term observer team drawn from 14 African countries.

The team was withdrawn following the postponement of the Country’s elections, earlier scheduled for February 14 and February 28. (NAN)