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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Multidisciplinary mission on the advocacy for the ratification of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance began its activities this morning in Bujumbura, Burundi.

This initiative involved the efforts of the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission, in close collaboration with the Pan-African Parliament and the Economic Community of Central Africa, with the aim of conducting advocacy with some states who had signed the Charter in order to take necessary measures to be part of it, where appropriate, to help themsatisfy therequired procedures in this area.

The mission is led by the Honourable Soumaila Cissé, Former Minister of Mali, Former President of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), member of the Pan African Parliament, will be staying inBurundifrom2 – 6 May 2014.

It is composed of the Honourable Daouda Toure, Member of the Pan African Parliament, Jean Clair Nzue Obame, representing the Economic Community of Central African States, H.E Ms .Monique Ngaralbaye Mayala, Former Minister, Member of the Steering Committee of the initiative of civil society in Central Africain the prevention and management of conflicts(PREGESCO) and Mr. Calixte Aristide Mbari, Senior Political Officer, representing the Commission of the African Union.


The Mission will meet with senior government officials namely His Excellency the President of the Republic, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the President of the Senate, the Ombudsman, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senior Director in charge of Governance as well as political parties and civil societies.

Following their meeting, the Mission will hold a press conference in relation to the popularization of this Charter.