The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment of the African Union Short-Term Observation (STO) Mission to the 11 October 2015 Presidential Election in the Republic of Guinea. The STOs will arrive in Conakry, Guinea on 4 October 2015 and will remain in Guinea until 17 October 2015. This STO Mission follows the AU Pre electoral Assessment Mission (PAM) organized from 6 to 15 August in the said country.
The Mission has the mandate to observe the Presidential Election in line with relevant African Union and international instruments such as the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, the African Union Guidelines for Election Observation and Monitoring Missions, the International Covenant on Civil Political Rights (ICCPR), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the 2005 Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation to which the AU is a signatory and the national laws of the Republic of Guinea. The Mission shall provide an objective, independent and impartial assessment of the conduct of the elections in line with the aforementioned international and regional best practices and standards.