Executive Council Elections 2021


[vc_row center_row=”yes”][vc_column][zozo_vc_section_title classes=”margin-bottom-30″ text_align=”center” title=”CALL FOR NOMINATION FOR AYC EXECUTIVE COUNCIL 2021 – 2023 ELECTIONS ” title_weight=””][/zozo_vc_section_title][zozo_vc_section_title classes=”margin-bottom-30″ text_align=”center” title=”DISCLAIMER:” title_weight=”” content_style=”inline” title_color=”#dd3333″ content_color=”#dd3333″]EVEN THOUGH THE AYC COMPLEMENTS THE EFFORTS OF THE AFRICAN UNION IN THE FIELD OF YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND DEVELOPMENT, WE WISH TO CATEGORICALLY STATE THAT, THE NETWORK IS NOT LINKED OR AFFILIATED TO THE AFRICAN UNION, ITS DEPARTMENTS, PROGRAMMES OR SPECIALISED ORGANS. IT REMAINS AN INDEPENDENT YOUTH INITIATIVE COMMITTED TO THE IDEALS AND PAN AFRICAN VISION OF “AN INTEGRATED, PROSPEROUS AND PEACEFUL AFRICA, DRIVEN BY ITS OWN CITIZENS AND REPRESENTING A DYNAMIC FORCE IN THE GLOBAL ARENA”.

ADDITIONALLY, THE AYC AS A BODY DOES NOT CHARGE OR REQUEST THROUGH AN AGENT A FACILITATION FEE FOR APPLYING OR NOMINATING A CANDIDATE FOR ANY POSITION. NOMINATIONS ARE FREE OF CHARGE!

HOWEVER, FOR ANY NOMINATION TO BE ACCEPTED, THE NOMINATING ENTITY OR AFFILIATED CONSORTIUM MUST BE IN ‘GOOD STANDING’ – A PAID-UP MEMBER WITH AYC.[/zozo_vc_section_title][vc_column_text]

The AYC is an independent Pan-African youth network founded by youth leaders to foster synergy amongst youth and youth organisations on the African continent and Diaspora. Officially inaugurated on January 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the network is determined and committed to provide a space and voice for youth and youth organisations to set and drive their own agenda, promote the involvement of young people as key partners in the implementation of the Africa 2063 Agenda as well the UN Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, support advocacy actions on the ratification and implementation of the African Youth Charter, other youth rights-based legal instruments and contribute to advancing the AU Shared Values through a network of locally based youth actors.

The organisational structure of the AYC is composed of General Assembly with representation from across Africa and diaspora, serving as the highest decision making organ; the Executive Council comprises of 10 members –an executive chairperson, deputy executive chairperson and eight commissioners elected by General Assembly, serving as the governance organ responsible for policy formulation and advocacy; the Advisory Board with representation from the six regions of the African Union including the diaspora appointed by the Executive Council tasked to provide advisory and guidance to the Commission; and the Secretariat comprises of support staffs headed by an Executive Secretary, serving as the administrative, operations and programme organ of the Commission. The AYC subscribed to the ideals and Pan African vision of African Union “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” Its mission/slogan is: ”Uniting Youth in Action for African Unity and Development”. The core values of the AYC are: Integrity, Transparency, Pan Africanism and Inclusivity.

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In accordance with article (14) paragraph (a) of the AYC constitution, an independent electoral committee is mandated to launch the call for nominations from General membership of the African Youth Commission to contest for the Executive Council positions at least three months before the Annual General Assembly meeting of the AYC. To this effect, the first and second Executive Council elections of the AYC took place in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on January 25th 2017, and the Republic of The Gambia on March 26th 2019 respectively, which gave power to the elected candidates to serve for a two year term each. The third Executive Council election is expected to be held before the end of December 2021, and as usual will be conducted in transparent and democratic process of one vote per active member of the AYC National Consortium at the 5th Annual General Assembly Meeting of the AYC in October 2021 (exact date & location to be determined).

The following positions are available and will be served for a two-year term:
1. Executive Chairperson.
2. Deputy Executive Chairperson.
3. Commissioner for Peace and Security.
4. Commissioner for Political Affairs.
5. Commissioner for Trade and Industry.
6. Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy.
7. Commissioner for Social, Economic and Environmental Affairs.
8. Commissioner for Human Resources, Science, Technology and Innovation.
9. Commissioner for Gender, Agriculture and Rural Economy.
10. Commissioner for African Diaspora and External Affairs.

There is No salary or remuneration package attached to these positions. Serving is ‘Voluntary’ or ‘at own cost’.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row center_row=”yes”][vc_column][zozo_vc_section_title classes=”margin-bottom-30″ text_align=”center” title=”ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA” title_weight=””][/zozo_vc_section_title][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

To fit for nomination, candidates:

  • Must subscribed to the ideals and Pan African vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena”;
  • Be between the ages of 15 and 35 years (not exceeding 35 years before the election date);
  • Be a citizen of any member state of African Union or African Diaspora, but not necessarily need to be resident in that country;
  • Be an active member of the AYC National Consortium operating in Africa or Diaspora, and his/her candidature must be endorsed by the affiliated National Consortium. The affiliated Consortium must be in ‘Good Standing’ – a paid-up member with AYC. If the affiliated Consortium is not active ‘Good Standing’, all array of payments from previous years must be settled before the election date;
  • Understand that, National Consortium can nominate only one candidate to contest for one position in the Executive Council;
  • Understand that, Individual members in ‘Good Standing can vote but are not eligible to contest for position in the Executive Council;
  • Understand that, the candidate must have a minimum two years of experience in youth work or have a track record as a national, regional/continental youth leader or activist;
  • Understand that, in accordance with article (9) paragraph (1.1) of the AYC Constitution, the citizens of the West Africa region are not eligible to contest for the position of Executive Chairperson as the said region (a citizen of Burkina Faso) held this position previously. The position of the Executive Chairperson is rotated among the regions for fair and diverse representation across the Continent. The incumbent is from East Africa region (Uganda) and eligible for one more (final) term.
  • Must be committed to hold a position for a maximum term of two (2) years renewable only once.
  • Able to complete the online nomination form and submit along with copies of relevant documents such as a letter of endorsement from the affiliated National Consortium of the AYC, biography and recent photograph, curriculum vitae plus either a national identification card or international passport and a manifesto outlining plans/declaration in which the nominee undertakes, if elected, to serve as a member of the Executive Council to fulfill his/her obligations based on the Terms of Reference stipulated in the AYC Constitution and to respect the wishes of the voters.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_style=”light-wrapper” center_row=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1490782801308{padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][zozo_vc_section_title classes=”margin-bottom-30″ title=”PROCEDURE” title_weight=””][/zozo_vc_section_title][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_btn title=”APPLY FOR NOMINATION FOR AYC EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HERE” size=”lg” align=”center” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-download” button_block=”true” add_icon=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fforms.gle%2FBUVqoA9sx9Fv3fXQ8||target:%20_blank|”][vc_column_text]Read the constitution of the AYC to familiarize yourself with expected roles and responsibilities of Executive Council members. Then complete the online nomination form if you think you have what it takes to run for office.

 

For a list of required documentation for nominations, including the nomination form, election timeline and the AYC Constitution, see the Call for Nominations document online nomination form.

If you have any questions about the nominations or election process please contact the Independent Electoral Committee at: elections@auyc.org[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row center_row=”yes”][vc_column][zozo_vc_section_title classes=”margin-bottom-30″ text_align=”center” title=”IMPORTANT NOTES” title_weight=””][/zozo_vc_section_title][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]The call for Nominations will open on June 1st 2021 and will close on July 30th 2021. After the closure of nominations and screening of applications, approved candidates will be notified before 20th August 2021 for acceptance and semi-finalists will begin their campaigns from August 23rd 2021, leading up to the elections in October 2021.

Members in good standing will go to the polls to elect the candidates into the Executive Council on the week of October 25th 2021 (exact date, time, and location to be determined) during the 5th General Assembly Meeting.

Running candidates/contestants are expected to be part of the national and regional delegation attending the 5th General Assembly Meeting and must be physically/virtually (mode of meeting to be determined) present at the election.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_style=”light-wrapper” center_row=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1490782801308{padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][zozo_vc_section_title classes=”margin-bottom-30″ title=”ELECTORAL TIMELINE” title_weight=””][/zozo_vc_section_title][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]The election schedule is as follows:

01 June 2021: Call for Nominations begin

30 July 2021: Call for Nominations close

30 July to 20 August 2021: Review of applications and selection of qualified candidates

20 to 23 August 2021: Candidates Acceptance and Campaign begins

23 August to 25 October 2021 Candidate-facethe-Electorate debate

25 to 30 October 2021 Election Day/Inauguration of duly elected Executive Council (exact date, time, and location to be determined) 

25 to 30 October 2021 5th General Assembly Meeting of the AYC (exact date, time, and location to be determined) 

30 October to 10 November 2021 Transition and New Executive Council takes office[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]