To support the African Union’s Panel of the Wise in mitigation of election-related disputes, CMI convened a closed-door expert workshop in Addis Ababa on September 15th, 2011. The meeting focused on discussing the upcoming elections in DRC and Cameroon and suggesting different preventative diplomacy activities that the AU Panel of the Wise could engage in prior to the elections in these two countries.
In addition to the African Union, the workshop was attended by experts well versed in the African electoral landscape from both DRC and Cameroon, as well as experts on election processes in general.
The meeting was arranged in the framework of CMI’s AU Mediation Support Capacity Project. This project is implemented together with ACCORD and the AU’s Conflict Management Division. The meeting was a follow-up on CMI’s work with the Panel of the Wise and for a seminar “Towards Implementing the Recommendations of the Report of the AU Panel of the Wise on Election-Related Disputes and Political Violence” arranged in Addis Ababa in March 2011. In this seminar, the experts highlighted the importance of mapping future potential cases of election violence in Africa to inform the preventive diplomacy-related activities of the AU Panel of the Wise.
Participants of CMI election workshop