ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia
(Xinhua) -- As the Union of Comoros
prepares for its parliamentary elections run-off to be held on
22 Feb. 2015, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU)
Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment
of an AU election observation mission (AUEOM) to the Union of
The short-term observers led by Jean Omer
Beriziky, former transition prime minister of Madagascar arrived
in the country on 17 Feb. to observe electoral and post
electoral periods up to 27 Feb., said AU in a statement.
The statement recalled that the parliamentary elections
first round in Comoros, which took place on 25 January 2015,
represent an important step towards stable representative
institutions and a successful national reconciliation
process and democratization in the country.
The AUEOM’s assessment of the electoral process is
independent, said the statement, adding its purpose is to
offer an impartial assessment of the elections and their
compliance with the Union of Comoros’ international and
regional commitments with regard to democratic elections, as
well as with laws governing elections in the Union of
The AUEOM has a mandate to observe and report on the
electoral process in the Union of Comoros and will operate
in accordance with relevant AU instruments on democracy and
elections, noted the statement.
The AUEOM will issue its preliminary findings and conclusions
shortly after the election day, said the statement.
A final report with recommendations for future improvement of
elections in the Union of Comoros will be published within two
months after the elections, according to the statement.
Comoros islanders hold
peaceful legislative polls
MORONI (Xinhua) --
Legislative elections in the
Comoro Islands were held on Sunday without any major incident
being reported despite delayed opening of some polling stations.
International observer teams from the African Union (AU), the
League of Arab States, the International Organization of the
Francophonie and the European Union had not issued any statement
by the closure of the polling stations at 6:00 p.m local time.
Delays in delivery of voting materials in different polling
stations led to a late start in the voting process in some parts
of the country, especially in the capital Moroni.
Some candidates protested against delayed opening of
polling stations, but officials from the National
Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) has extended closing
time to 7:00 p.m. in affected polling stations.
An observer mission from the AU cited the same reasons to
explain the delayed opening of polling stations in the
CENI said the turn out was generally average in most
polling stations across the country.
Results of the elections would be known within 72 hours.
The elections are meant to renew parliamentary terms of 33
members who include 24 who are elected through direct universal
suffrage and nine who are co-opted from the assemblies of
Anjouan, Moheli and Grand Comore islands.
Zanzibar and Comoros sign
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Zanzibar and the Comoros have agreed to
strengthen cooperation in a number of areas, including maritime
transport, education and fisheries, Zanzibar’s State House said
in a statement.
The statement issued at the end of Zanzibar President Ali
Mohamed Shein’s four-day tour of the Comoros on Thursday, said
the two Indian Ocean Islands have also agreed to cooperate in
health, information and culture, tourism, agriculture, trade and
commerce, and religion.
The statement said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the
cooperation was signed by Shein and the President of the
Comoros, Dhoinine Ikililou, who pledged full implementation of
The two leaders expressed their readiness to see to it
that the signed MoU was fully implemented without delay,
said the statement.
Shein said: "I am happy to see the MoU provided for a
joint implementation committee comprising members from both
countries which would be responsible to oversee the
implementation of agreed programs under it."
He said the great challenge facing the two governments now
was the implementation of the MoU in order to fulfill people’s
hope and aspirations as they have high hope on this cooperation.