None of the three candidates that vied to replace Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as the African Union Commission chair managed to win two-third majority, and with no clear winner, a rerun of the elections will be held in January, 2017.
Southern Africa candidate, Dr Pelonomi Venson- Moitoi has fought a gallant fight for the position gannering 23 votes in elections that were held earlier today in Kigali Rwanda while 28 countries abstained.
Venson-Moitoi needed at least 36 votes cast in her favour to win.
AUC rules and regulations are silent on new entrants into the game at this point. “The rules and regulations are silent on the matter, so member states are likely to take advantage of that loophole to introduce new candidates since Venson Moitoi was not endorsed by 28 countries” an analyst said in an interview.
Before elections there were queries from some quarters that all the three candidates from Botswana, Equatorial Guinea and Uganda were below the calibre desired for the AU Chairmanship, which was demonstrated by the large number of countries that chose to abstain from casting their votes.