The 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union adopted Decision EX. CL Dec 869 (XXVI) on the 2nd ECOSOCC Permanent General Assembly. That Decision requested ECOSOCC and the Commission to continue with organizing by-elections for vacant positions in the ECOSOCC General Assembly to ensure the widest representation of Member States of the Union within ECOSOCC. Following this, the ECOSOCC Credential Committee meeting, held in Cairo, Egypt from 17 to 19 December 2016 directed the Secretariat in CIDO to re-open the application Process for elections into the 2nd Permanent General Assembly till the 10th February 2017 for CSOs coming from Member States where elections have not been held.
These member States include Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, (as countries not represented: there is need for 2 (two) representatives).
For countries under-represented (there is need for 1 (one) representative), this will include the following: Guinea, Madagascar, Seychelles, South Sudan, Malawi, Gambia, Chad and Libya.
Accordingly, and in order to allow for greater representation of CSO from the fifty four (54) member States of the Union and the five Regions of Africa, the ECOSOCC is encouraging the civil society community to apply for ECOSOCC membership by participating actively in the electoral process. Applications will continue to be screened by the ECOSOCC Credential Committee and elections will be conducted for qualified candidates as soon as possible.
ECOSOCC applications forms can be downloaded from http://www.au.int/en or http:// pages.au.int/ECOSOCC.
Completed application forms with all relevant documents should be sent to the Secretariat as soon as possible with the following postal address.
ECOSOCC Secretariat, African Citizens and Diaspora Directorate,
African Union Commission,
P.O. Box 3243,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,
For more information and requests, kindly contact the ECOSOCC Secretariat: ECOSOCC@africa-union.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Please CC Chair Credential Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org