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10. OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa (2002)
(Adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity, 8 July 2002)

I. PREAMBLE

We, the Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity, meeting in Durban, South Africa, at the 38th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the OAU, have considered the Report of the Secretary General on strengthening the role of the OAU in election observation and monitoring and the advancement of the democratization process.

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Considering the New African Initiative (NAI) now referred to as the New Partnership for the African's Development (NEPAD) adopted by the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government in Lusaka, Zambia, in July 2001, by which, through the Democracy and Political Governance Initiative, African Leaders undertook to promote and protect democracy and human rights in their respective countries and regions, by developing clear standards of accountability and participatory governance at the national and sub-regional levels;

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III. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MEMBER STATES

We commit our Governments to:

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e) promote civic and voters' education on the democratic principles and values in close cooperation with the civil society groups and other relevant stakeholders;

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