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The Peace and Security Division of IGAD Secretariat through the Political Affairs Program facilitated the development of a Regional Code of Conduct on Election Observation and Guidelines for Election Observers.

One of the main responsibilities of the Political Affairs Program under the Peace and Security Division, is to facilitate IGAD’s participation in Election observation in IGAD Member States. The Program has thus far, facilitated IGAD’s participation in the following:
•    The Presidential and Parliamentary Election in Sudan between 11-15 April 2010;
•    The Referendum on the Constitution of Kenya 4 August 2011;
•    The Presidential Election in Uganda on 18 February 2011;
•    The Presidential Election in Djibouti on 8 April 2011;
•    The Presidential Election  in Uganda on 18 February 2011;
•    The Presidential Election in Djibouti on April 2011;
•    The Referendum on South Sudan on 9 July 2011;
•    The Parliamentary Election in Djibouti on 22 February 2013 and;
•    The General Election in Kenya on 4 March  2013.

The 45th Regular Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers that took place in July 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, while commending the activities undertaken in the area of election observation thus far, recommended that the Secretariat develops its own Code of Conduct and Guidelines for Election Observation.

Accordingly, the Program prepared a Terms of Reference (TOR) and recruited a consultant to develop an IGAD Code of Conduct on Election Observation and Guide lines for Election Observers based on the Africa Union Code of Conduct and Guidelines on the same.

The consultant developed the requested draft documents, hence, the Secretariat organized a workshop from 11th -13th  March 2013 in Addis Ababa for representatives of member states to consider and validate the draft documents and the documents were validated.

The same meeting requested the Secretariat to convene a workshop for Legal Experts to consider and fine-tune the documents and facilitate presentation to the Council of Ministers for approval in accordance with IGAD’s procedures.

Accordingly, the Secretariat convened a workshop from 28th -29th August 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya, for Legal Experts and the draft documents were considered and fine-tuned. The workshop was attended by Senior Legal Experts from National Parliaments, Election Commissions Foreign Ministries of Member States.

The workshop was chaired by H.E. Dr. Addisu Gebregziabher, Deputy Head of the National Election Board of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

29 August 2013,
Nairobi, Kenya.

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