Hailemariam Desalegn, Former Prime Minister Ethiopia, Head Observation Mission, African Union, AU
Hailemariam Desalegn, Former Prime Minister Ethiopia, Head Observation Mission, African Union, AU

The Head of the African Union, AU Observation Mission, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn has said that Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections were generally peaceful and orderly.

Desalegn observed this while leading a team of observers to some polling units in Abuja and said there were a number of observers in major geographic regions across the country.

The former Prime Minister said the observation mission was in line with the African Charter for Democracy, Elections and Governance and the charter on Election Observation and Code of Conduct.

The Head of mission said the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC contributed to the process being peaceful, calm and orderly. He also expressed hope in the ability of INEC to solve the few issues that were identified.

The Head of Mission was accompanied to Nigeria by a seven-member team including Commissioner for Political Affairs, AU Commissioners Minata Cessouma who is also the Deputy Head of Mission.