-  Saturday 15 August 2020

    France releases 1 million Euros for Comorian election

    France has released 1 million euros to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to finance the forthcoming presidential election in the Union of the Comoros.
     According to an official statement obtained by PANA in Moroni, the French ambassador to Comoro, Christian Job and the resident UNDP representative Giussepe Mazza, signed an agreement to this effect in Moroni Friday.

    The grant will be used to update electoral rolls, finance activities of the electoral commission, train technical personnel, a sensitisation programmes and polling operations.

    South Africa and the African Union are also expected to provide support elections by securing the election operations on 14 April 2006.

    Under a rotational arrangement agreed by the three islands in the archipelago, the current President Azali Assoumani is expected to be succeeded by a politician from Anjouan. A preliminary poll will be organised in Anjouan to select the three candidates who will contest the presidential election.

    According to the 2001 constitution, Colonel Azali, who hails from Grande- Comoro seized power in a 1999 coup d`etat and was re-elected in 2002, is barred from seeking another four-year mandate.

    Although he has reiterated his intention to step down, his political adversaries have on several occasions accused of engaging in manoeuvres to stay in power, especially on 4 November 2005 when he stated that his government was unable to organise presidential elections "within he next few months."

    The Union of the Comoros is an Indian Ocean archipelago composed of Grand-Comoro, Anjouan and Moheli with a population of 600,000, while Mayotte is under French rule.


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