Former Ethiopian PM To Head AU Election Mission In Nigeria

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Former Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, will lead an African Union (AU) election observation mission, to observe Nigeria’s upcoming general elections.

Addressing a press conference at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Minata Samate Cessouma said, Desalegn will head an AU election observation mission, to observe the general elections in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation.

Nigeria is a very important country for the whole of Africa, in terms of population and economy. We don’t need any conflict resulting from the election. All partners, including the AU will work together to ensure free, fair and democratic elections are held in Nigeria, said Cessouma.

Nigeria will hold this year’s general elections on Feb 16, to elect the president and national assembly members, and on Mar 2, to elect state governors and state houses of assembly members.

In Jan, the Nigeria Independent National Electoral Commission announced that, more than 84 million Nigerians have registered to vote in the general elections, representing about 42 percent of the country’s population.