Morocco Reiterates Commitment to Contribute to Success of Electoral Processes in Africa

Morocco has reiterated its commitment to ensure the success of electoral processes in Africa. on Tuesday in Rabat.

The remarks were made by Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita at the opening Tuesday of the third edition of the Specialized Training Cycle for African Election Observers.

The Kingdom is predisposed to provide Africa with qualified election observers capable of promoting the democratic process on the African continent, stressed Bourita.

This training should provide Africa with quality observers to accompany and lend credibility to the continent’s electoral processes, Bourita said, recalling in this respect King Mohammed VI’s speech to the 28th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, in which the Sovereign emphasized that Africa can and must validate its electoral processes itself, and thus endorse the free choice of its citizens.

Africa has the regulatory tools and judicial institutions, such as Constitutional Councils and Supreme Courts, to settle electoral disputes and appeals, the King had said in his speech.

Some 74 participants from 45 African countries are taking part in this training cycle for African election observers, said Mr. Bourita, who co-chaired the event with Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security of the African Union, Bankole Adeoye.

He stressed the “interest and relevance of this exercise”, particularly among women and young people, who make up 50% of participants, which is “a very promising sign”, especially as 2024 is an election year in Africa, with 19 elections expected, including eleven presidential elections.
The Kingdom is the first African country to train election observers in Africa. With this third successive edition, the training cycles have benefited 155 African observers, enabling the development of a continent-wide database.

The training cycle for election observers is part of Morocco’s commitment to help achieve strategic objectives meant to consolidate democratic governance and practice in Africa, for a stable, peaceful and prosperous continent.

It also responds to the calls made by the AU Summits, notably the latest one, held in February 2024, for Morocco to continue strengthening African capacities to improve the professional conduct of electoral observation missions.