Head of IGAD Election Observation Mission H.E. Dr. Mulatu Teshome arrives in Kenya

H.E. Dr. Mulatu Teshome, former president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has arrived in Nairobi to lead IGAD’s short-term Election Observation Mission (IGADEOM) to the 9 August 2022 General Elections in the country.

He will hold meetings with senior officials, key national and international stakeholders as well as heads of other election observation missions to brief them about the mandate of the mission.

The IGAD Short-term Election Observation Mission (IGADEOM) that was constituted in response to an invitation by the Republic of Kenya, is composed of 7 core staff and 24 short-term observers. The short-term observers include representatives of electoral bodies and other public institutions as well as diplomats drawn from six IGAD Member States, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.

A joint pre-election assessment mission preceded the observation mission. IGAD conducted the assessment mission alongside African Union, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community (EAC) to the Republic of Kenya from 25 June to 25 July 2022. The assessment mission appraised the level of election preparedness in the country with the intention to provide support for a peaceful, free, and credible election.

The deployment of the IGADEOM in Kenya is in line with IGAD’s mandate of promoting good governance, democracy, human rights and rule of law in the region. It is also guided by relevant continental instruments such as the 2007 African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, as well as the IGAD Guideline and code of conduct for Election Observers.

The objective of the IGAD Election Observation Mission (IGADEOM) is to make an independent, objective and impartial assessment of the 9 August 2022 general elections in the Republic of Kenya in accordance with the national, regional and international standards for democratic elections.

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