The Forum on the participation of NGOs at the 39th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights,
Considering the OAU Declaration on the principles guiding democratic elections in Africa, adopted in July 2002, in Durban (South Africa) which states the responsibility of Member States and the rights and obligations to be adhered to in the organisation of democratic elections, in accordance with the Constitutive Act of the African Union;
Considering the importance of holding free and fair elections periodically, to guarantee accountability of representatives vis-à-vis citizens;
Considering that citizens should be entitled to form their opinion independently without being subjected to persecution, or threats of persecution, pressure, offers of gratification or any form of manipulation;
Considering that all citizens are entitled to enjoy these rights irrespective of race, colour, sex, language, political opinion, and any other opinion, national and social background, fortune, birth or any other circumstances;
Considering the conclusions of the African Union meeting on elections, democracy, and Governance from 15th to 18th May, 2004.
Hereby urges the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to adopt a resolution inviting Member States to:
Done in Banjul, May 8th , 2006