Equality before the law and equal protection of the law

African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance

AFRICAN CHARTER ON DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS AND GOVERNANCE

PREAMBLE

We, the Member States of the African Union (AU);

Inspired by the objectives and principles enshrined in the Constitutive Act of the African Union, particularly Articles 3 and 4, which emphasise the significance of good governance, popular participation, the rule of law and human  rights;

Recognising the contributions of the African Union and Regional Economic Communities to the promotion,  nurturing, strengthening and consolidation of democracy and governance;

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