African Union ‘sending observers to Gabon poll appeal’


The African Union says it plans to send observers to help Gabon’s Constitutional Court with a legal complaint lodged by opposition leader Jean Ping, the Reuters news agency reports.

Defeated presidential candidate Jean Ping has complained of fraud, pointing out that in one province incumbent Ali Bongo won 95% of the vote last month.

Mr Ping, a former chair of the AU Commission, lost the election by less than 6,000 votes.

The AU’s Peace and Security Council has requested that its executive branch deploy observers from other French-speaking African countries “to assist the Constitutional Court of Gabon”, Reuters quotes an AU statement as saying.

It was not clear what level of access observers would have to the internal deliberations of the court, which is expected to decide on the recount by 23 September, Reuters says.



Source: Reuters