Morocco congratulated by the PSC for the co-organization of the 1st training workshop for election observers

Morocco was congratulated by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) for having co-organized last June in Rabat the first specialized training workshop for short-term electoral observers of the AU.

The PSC also encouraged the AU Commission and the Kingdom to continue to regularly co-organize similar trainings and mobilize the necessary financial and technical resources.

The PSC “commends the Kingdom of Morocco and the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (APPS) for co-organizing the 1st Specialized Training Workshop for AU Short Term Election Observers, from 13 to 17 June 2022, in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, in order to increase the capacity of the AU to observe elections in Africa, and, in this regard, encourages the Commission and the Kingdom of Morocco to continue to co-organize regularly similar training and to mobilize the necessary financial and technical resources,” reads a statement adopted by the Council following a meeting on the report of the Chairperson of the AU Commission on elections in Africa.

Council also commended the Chairperson of the Commission for the comprehensive report written on the elections in Africa, covering the period from January to June 2022, as well as for the prospects for the elections to be organized during the period from July to December 2022.

The PSC further commended the AU Commission for supporting the organization of peaceful, credible, transparent and democratic elections on the continent, through the continued provision of technical assistance to Member States and the deployment of observation and preventive diplomacy teams in conflict-prone contexts, and requested the AU Commission to redouble its efforts in resource mobilization, in order to more effectively support electoral processes, including through the rapid and sufficient deployment of election observers in Member States organizing elections, in particular in countries in political transition.

Council also encouraged Member States to continue to create enabling conditions that encourage more women, youth and persons with disabilities to participate actively in political processes, in particular elections, including by strictly guaranteeing quota systems and reducing election candidacy fees, emphasizing the need for the AU Commission to continue to enhance synergies with Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms, in order to inculcate and entrench the culture of peace, democracy , political pluralism, constructive management of diversity and tolerance on the continent, particularly with regard to elections.

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