Election observation and monitoring should be an integral part of the democratic and electoral process in Africa, emphasized on 13 June 2022 in Rabat, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr Nasser Bourita.
In his opening address to a special training cycle for African election observers, MFA Bourita noted that, over the years, Morocco has developed a world-renowned experience in electoral democracy and political governance. Thanks to the tireless efforts made under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, the Kingdom is considered a pioneering model in this field, he said.
“The Kingdom stands out proudly as a haven of peace and stability and as a rule of law with a strong democratic foundation,” said the minister who opened the first training dedicated to African election observers, along with the African Union Commissioner. for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Bankolé Adeoye.
The uniqueness of the Moroccan experience, which is unique at the regional level, has been and continues to be an inspiration at the continental and international levels, said MFA Bourita, recalling that the Kingdom has held more than forty electoral consultations and referendums.
The Sovereign is committed to promoting human rights and respecting human values as a means to this end, through various acts and actions, initiatives and projects aimed at laying the foundations for the rule of law, Morocco’s top diplomat added.
In this regard, he recalls a speech delivered by HM Raja in 2014 in which the Sovereign emphasized that “Africa must trust Africa.”
Under this vision of the Kingdom, Morocco has offered to provide special assistance to the AU Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security to strengthen its functional and operational capacities, and ensure more efficient and effective election coordination, MFA Bourita underlined.
This training, which was initiated and organized, for the first time, by an AU Member State, is indeed a perfect illustration of Morocco’s strong commitment, under the High Instruction of King HM Mohammed VI, to effectively contribute to strengthening the capacity of the AU Commission, especially in the area of political governance. and electoral democracy. “This is the core mission of our Pan-African Organization and one of the strategic objectives of Agenda 2063,” the minister said.
Therefore, Africa can “rely on one of its sons to help develop its capabilities and build together the image of another continent and see its future,” he said.
“Election monitoring is not a trivial task. This is the heart of the election. Election monitoring is an indispensable tool to improve the quality of elections. It’s not just about fighting fraud and fixing mistakes. It’s about building trust, legitimacy and credibility in the electoral process,” he said. The supervisory role is to make recommendations for future improvement of the electoral system, concluded MFA Bourita.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita: Election Observation, Monitoring Must Be an Integral Part of the Democratic and Electoral Process in Africa
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