Election of the AUC Chairperson, Deputy and Commissioners at the July 2016 Summit

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.

 

Country Gender Region
CHAIRPERSON
Uganda Female Eastern
Botswana Female Southern
Equatorial Guinea Male Central
Incumbent: South Africa Female Southern
DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON
Djibouti Male Eastern
Somalia Male Eastern
Cameroon Male Central
Ghana Male West
Incumbent: Kenya Male Eastern
COMMISSIONERS
Peace and Security
Algeria (incumbent/seeking reelection for 2nd term) Male Northern
Nigeria Female Western
Burundi Female Central
Cameroon Male Central
Political Affairs
Sudan Male Eastern
Cameroon Male Central
Egypt Female Northern
Guinea Male Western
Incumbent:  Nigeria Female Western
Infrastructure and Energy
Kenya Male Eastern
Guinea Male Western
Egypt Female Northern
Tunisia Female Northern
Cameroon Male Central
Benin Male Western
Cote d’Ivoire Male Western
Incumbent: Egypt Male Northern
Social Affairs
Sierra Leone (incumbent/seeking reelection for 2nd term) Male Western
Sudan Female Eastern
Burundi Female Central
Uganda Male Eastern
Cameroon Female Central
Human Resources, Science and Technology
Mauritania Female Northern
Burundi Male Central
Cameroon Male Central
Incumbent: Congo Male Central
Trade and Industry
Chad (incumbent/seeking reelection for 2nd term) Female Central
Senegal Female Western
Egypt Female Northern
Rural Economy and Agriculture
Seychelles Male Eastern
Burkina Faso Male Western
Incumbent: Uganda Female East
     
Economic Affairs
Lesotho (incumbent/seeking reelection for 2nd term) Male Southern
Cameroon Male Central

 

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
AngolaBotswana

Lesotho

Malawi

Mozambique

Namibia

South Africa

Swaziland

Zambia

Zimbabwe

BurundiCameroon

Central African Republic

Chad

Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Equatorial Guinea

Gabon

Sao Tome & Principe

ComorosDjibouti

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Kenya

Madagascar

Mauritius

Rwanda

Seychelles

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Tanzania

Uganda

BeninBurkina Faso

Cape Verde

Cote d’Ivoire

Gambia

Ghana

Guinea

Guinea Bissau

Liberia

Mali

Niger

Nigeria

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Togo

AlgeriaEgypt

Libya

Mauritania

Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)

Tunisia

 

3. Process

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.

 

 

 

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