Uganda Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Sam Kutesa, has said the eastern African candidate Dr Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe is still eligible to re-enter the race for the chairperson of the African Union Commission.
In a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kutesa said the process of the elections of the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson and Commissioners of the AU Commission started this morning during the AU Summit in Kigali.
“In the election of the Chairperson none of candidates including HE Dr. Specioza Kazibwe Wandira, was able to garner the required 2/3 majority.”
He explained that as such, the elections of the Chairperson was suspended until the next AU Summit in Addis Ababa in January 2017.
Uganda’s Dr Specioza Kazibwe and Equatorial Guinea’s Agapito Mba Mokuy were eliminated from the AU chair race after garnering the least votes.
Botswana’s Dr Pelonomi got highest number of votes but abstention from 28 states, reportedly from the ECOWAS block, stripped her of the requisite 2/3 majority.
23 out of 53 voted in favour of Botswana’s Pelonomi Benson for AU Commission Chairperson.
The candidates who competed in this election are eligible to run, but the competition will also be opened to other candidates who might be interested and have necessary qualifications, Kutesa explained.
The last minute ECOWAS move to field candidate, a thing that was rejected, affected the election, according to reports.
In the lead up to today’s failed election, ECOWAS expressed concern that none of the three candidates was suitable for the job.