EISA Continental Election Observer Mission to the January 2011 Elections in Central African Republic: Launch statement

EISA is pleased to announce the launch of its election observer mission to the forthcoming Presidential and National Elections in the Central African Republic (CAR). The elections will be held on 23 January 2011. Leading the delegation is Dr Fonkam Samuel Azu'u, President of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM). The mission will consist of 26 members drawn from civil society organisations (CSOs) and election management bodies in all regions of Africa. The mission's assessment will be based on international standards for credible elections, including the:

The mission is expected to arrive in Bangui on 17 January 2011. It will hold a series of meetings with election stakeholders including the Independent Electoral Commission of Central Africa Republic, political parties, CSOs and academics, ahead of Election Day. The mission will remain in the country until 28 January 2011, after observing the voting and counting processes, as well as post polling activities.