ACDEG sets out continental standards and norms aimed at consolidating democracy and improving governance in Africa. It draws inspiration from several AU Declarations, charters and instruments aimed at promoting democracy, human rights and good governance in Africa. It is the first African treaty of its kind that specifically aims at promoting democracy, elections and good governance.
The African Charter of Democracy, Elections and Governance expounds upon the constitutive act, committing Member States to the adherence of universal values and principles of democracy and respect for human rights. It promotes the adherence to rule of law, the holding of free and fair elections, and the rejection of unconstitutional changes of government.