THE AFRICAN UNION’S (UN)OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE US ELECTIONS by Babatunde Fagbayibo professor of international law at the University of South Africa.

As demonstrated by the AU’s intervention efforts in many troubled spots across Africa, electoral fraud is an issue upon which the AU frowns. The AU has decided to intervene in this matter, to ensure that there is peace and order during and after the forthcoming elections. The continuing fragility of the US political environment endangers global peace and security, and the possibility of violent election-related conflict could lead to a sharp upsurge of US citizens seeking refuge in neighbouring Canada and Mexico, and other parts of the globe.
Considering the above reasons, the AU has taken the following decisions:
THE AFRICAN UNION'S (UN)OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE US ELECTIONS
A committee of heads of states and governments has been set up to assess Mr Trump’s claims. The committee is headed by our fathers, HE Mr Paul Biya (Cameroon) and HE Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (Equatorial Guinea). As the longest-serving heads of state in Africa, both leaders bring a wealth of experience in dealing with electoral matters. They will be assisted by other eminent presidents such as HE Mr Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), HE Mr Paul Kagame (Rwanda), HE Mr Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi (Egypt), and HE Field Marshal Idriss Déby Itno (Chad). The members of this committee have impressive military backgrounds and have recorded landslide victories in all the elections in which they have participated.
THE AFRICAN UNION'S (UN)OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE US ELECTIONS
This committee will establish an AU election monitoring group, to be deployed to the US with immediate effect. The election monitoring group will meet with all concerned parties of the US political establishment to identify the remote and immediate causes of the current wrangling.
Should the US government refuse to allow the observer group to enter the country, the AU will not hesitate to trigger the following measures:
Refuse to accept any US aid, including contributions to the AU budget. We would also enjoin our member states to stop receiving financial contributions from the US;
Institute economic sanctions against the US, and further instruct AU member states that are currently engaged in bilateral trade negotiations with the US to halt activities in this respect;
Refuse to recognise the “winner” of the November elections, and enjoin our member states to recall their diplomatic staff stationed in the US; Issue a serious travel warning directive to African citizens intending to visit the US; Enjoin our African-American brothers and sisters to come back home and take up African citizenship; Place visa restrictions on any US citizens involved in potential electoral fraud;
Ask the United Nations Security Council to refer any US citizen involved in election-related violence to the International Criminal Court (ICC); And, depending on the severity of the situation, invoke Article 4(h) of the AU Constitutive Act which gives the AU the right to intervene to protect the civilian population (especially, in this case, our diaspora population).

THE AFRICAN UNION’S (UN)OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE US ELECTIONS

Addis Ababa, 1 October 2020: The African Union (AU) remains concerned about the worrying political developments in the United States of America.
The AU is an institution that is built on the fundamentals of liberal democratic values and good governance. The AU is, therefore, disturbed by the statements of the incumbent US President, Mr Donald J. Trump, on the possibility of electoral fraud during the forthcoming presidential election in November. To this effect, he has expressed the possibility of rejecting the election result.
It is in this context that the AU has decided to intervene in this matter, to ensure that there is peace and order during and after the forthcoming elections, and to avoid the possibility of a flood of refugees into neighbouring Canada and Mexico.
Our intervention is predicated on two factors. Firstly, the African-American population is recognised as part of Africa’s Diaspora, and as such, we are responsible for their safety and well-being in the case of any election-related violence. Secondly, we are inspired by the way in which US institutions have for decades passed judgment on the quality of African elections. The AU has therefore resolved to establish a high-level committee to assess M Trump’s claims. It will be led by HE Mr Paul Biya (Cameroon) and HE Mr Teodoro Obiang (Equatorial Guinea). As Africa’s longest-serving heads of state, they have all the expertise necessary to recognise electoral fraud when it cours. The AU wil establish an electoral observer mission, to be deployed to the US with immediate effect Should the US government refuse to cooperate, the AU will not hesitate to trigger other measures, including but not limited to: refusing to accept further US aid recalling diplomatic staff stationed in the US: opening our borders to African- Americans seeking to flee violence; and referring US individuals implicated in
human rights violations to the International Criminal Court. We await positive feedback from the US government in this regard.
THE AFRICAN UNION'S (UN)OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE US ELECTIONS
Babatunde Fagbayibo is a professor of international law at the University of South Africa