African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance

The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance adopted by the member states of the AU on 30 January 2007 and entered into force on February 15, 2012 has been the guiding instrument on the practice of democracy, fair and transparent elections and good governance in the continent. Cameroon happened to have been one of the very first countries that ratified this charter on August 8, 2011 and deposited the instruments of ratification on January 16, 2012. Since the adoption of the charter much has improved on the continent in terms of the conduct of elections. In the meantime, coups have become something of the past and most transitions now take place democratically. The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance is a welcome initiative by the Heads of State and Government as it has also become the main measuring rode for the Peer Review Mechanism also set up by the Heads of State 2003 to review and foster their compliance and adoption of policies, values, standards and practices of political and economic governance that lead to political stability, accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration, economic growth and sustainable development.

For details on the African Charter on Democracy, elections and governance log on Resources and click on Declarations and Statements:

  • African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance
  • Agenda 2063

For more on the African Union log on www.au.int

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