1. Positions to be elected at the July 2016 Summit
Candidatures are supposed to circulated to member states at least 3 months before the election. The following candidatures have been received. Details of incumbents can be found at this link: http://au.int/en/AUC/leadership/
In addition to the candidates listed below, Senegal has also proffered Professor Abdoulaye Bathily as their candidate for Chairperson. Please see this link for additional information: http://www.dakaractu.com/Presidence-de-la-Commission-de-l-Union-africaine-Les-chances-du-Professeur-Abdoulaye-Bathily_a111256.html
However, as this nomination was done outside of the requisite timelines, it is left to be seen if his candidature will be accepted.
|Incumbent: South Africa||Female||Southern|
|Peace and Security|
|Algeria (incumbent/seeking reelection for 2nd term)||Male||Northern|
|Infrastructure and Energy|
|Sierra Leone (incumbent/seeking reelection for 2nd term)||Male||Western|
|Human Resources, Science and Technology|
|Trade and Industry|
|Chad (incumbent/seeking reelection for 2nd term)||Female||Central|
|Rural Economy and Agriculture|
|Lesotho (incumbent/seeking reelection for 2nd term)||Male||Southern|
2. Criteria for selection
According to the AU rules, there shall be equal regional and gender representation in the AU Commission. The regional representation of Members in the Commission is 2 from each region and the regions are divided as shown below. The region from which the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson are appointed shall be entitled to one Commissioner each. All the other regions shall be entitled to two Commissioners provided that the Chairperson of the Commission and his/her Deputy shall not be from the same region. In addition to the regional divisions the rules provide that at least one member of the Commission from each region shall be a woman.
|Southern Africa10||Central Africa9||Eastern Africa14||West Africa15||Northern Africa6|
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Sao Tome & Principe
Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)
According to AU procedures, there shall be a pre-selection process at the regional level for Commissioners. Each region shall nominate two (2) candidates, including a woman, for each portfolio. The Executive Council shall elect by ballot, eight Commissioners on the regional and gender principles of and shall submit the names to the Assembly for appointment. The successful candidates will need to be elected by a 2/3rds majority. The Rules are silent on the role of the regions in the election of the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson. The election is done by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government by secret ballot. The voting process commences with the election of the Chairperson of the Commission, followed by the Deputy Chairperson and then the Assembly endorses the nomination of the Commissioners elected by the Executive Council.