Union of the Comoros – Elections (24 March 2019)

France has been monitoring the situation in the Comoros since the election on March 24. It deplores the violence and tensions that were seen on the day of the vote and in the days following the proclamation of provisional results by the Independent National Electoral Commission, on which the Supreme Court must rule on April 3.

France took note of the joint statement issued by the election observation missions of the African Union, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF), which regretted the tensions and failings observed on March 24 that prevented them from making an objective statement “on the transparency and credibility of the vote.” Along with the president of the AU Commission, France is urging the authorities of the Comoros, as well as all other political actors, to show the utmost restraint and to resolve their dispute through an inclusive dialogue. France applauds the African Union’s willingness to assist the parties in the Comoros in finding a solution to the situation.