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MORONI, capital of the Comoros, with Harbor Bay and Central Mosque. The Comoros, officially the Union of the Comoros, is a sovereign archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean, located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa, between northeastern Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar. Other countries near the Comoros are Tanzania to the northwest and the Seychelles to the northeast. Its capital is Moroni, on Grande Comore. WIKEPEDIA GRAPHIC WIKIPEDIA PHOTO - SASCHA GRABOW

African Union team observe elections in the Union of Comoros

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 Comoros.

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 Comoros.

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 capital.

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 co-operation pact

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 cooperation.

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.




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