Morocco reiterates its commitment to contribute to the success of electoral processes in Africa – Medafrica Times

Morocco has reiterated its commitment to guaranteeing the success of electoral processes in Africa. on Tuesday in Rabat.

The statements were made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, at the inauguration on Tuesday of the third edition of the Specialized Training Cycle for African Electoral Observers.

The Kingdom is willing to provide Africa with qualified electoral observers capable of promoting the democratic process on the African continent, Bourita stressed.

This training should provide Africa with quality observers to accompany and give credibility to the electoral processes on the continent, said Bourita, recalling in this regard the speech of King Mohammed VI at the 28th Summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, in which the Sovereign stressed that Africa can and must validate its electoral processes itself, and thus endorse the free choice of its citizens.

Africa has regulatory tools and judicial institutions, such as Constitutional Councils and Supreme Courts, to resolve electoral disputes and appeals, the King stated in his speech.

Some 74 participants from 45 African countries are participating in this training cycle for African election observers, said Bourita, who co-chaired the event together with the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union, Bankole Adeoye.

He highlighted the “interest and relevance of this exercise”, particularly among women and young people, who represent 50% of the participants, which is “a very promising sign”, especially since 2024 is an electoral year in Africa, with 19 elections planned. , including eleven presidential elections.
The Kingdom is the first African country to train election observers in Africa. In this third consecutive edition, the training cycles have benefited 155 African observers, allowing the development of a continental-level database.

The training cycle for electoral observers is part of Morocco’s commitment to help achieve strategic objectives aimed at consolidating democratic governance and practice in Africa, for a stable, peaceful and prosperous continent.

It also responds to calls made at AU Summits, particularly the last one, held in February 2024, for Morocco to continue strengthening African capacities to improve the professional conduct of electoral observation missions.