AU chairperson elections ‘postponed’

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Former Vice President Specioza Kazibwe, have been eliminated

Former Vice President Specioza Kazibwe, have been eliminated.

The election of a new chairperson of the AU Commission has been suspended, according to reports.

Reports indicate none of the three candidates vying for the top job managed to get the two-thirds majority.

This was as a consequence of the non-attainment of the two-thirds majority by all the three candidates fielded for the position.

According to reports Dr Kazibwe (Uganda) polled 11 votes against 16 scored by Botswana’s Pelomi Venson-Moitoi and Equatorial Guinea candidate Agapito Mba Mokuy, who garnered 12 votes.

The South African Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been the AU chairperson since 2012 and did not apply for a second term. The African Union Commission has reportedly postponed the election for a new chairperson to take over from the Dlamini-Zuma led administration.

No statement on the postponement released yet but sources say the ECOWAS bloc that petitioned for the postponement of the election did not participate which reduced the number of votes to meet the majority.

The election for commission chairperson and deputy chairperson is done by heads of state or their representatives, while eight commissioners are elected by member states’ foreign ministers.

 

 

 

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