Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The ECOWAS Election Observer Mission (EOM) head, Ernest Bai Koroma, also former President of Sierra Leone, has congratulated Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow over his re-election to another five-year term.
He urged him to increase efforts to meet the challenges of social stability, economic recovery, democratic governance and consolidation, peace and security in an inclusive manner.
A statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday said the mission was appreciative of the conditions in which the election was organized as well as the speed and transparency in the collation, transmission and declaration of the provisional results by the Independent Electoral Commission.
The Mission said despite the controversies, accusations and counter -accusations and the rejection of the results by some presidential candidates, "ECOWAS Mission confirms that the electoral process has been calm and peaceful with no major incident reported".
The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) head of mission and former Ghanaian president John Dramani Mahama, described noted that the election was generally calm and peaceful. “Overall, observers reported that all Election Day procedures were conducted in line with stipulated procedures,” Mahama said.
Meanwhile, the EISA recommended for Gambia to consider the introduction of Presidential term limits, a majority system (50%+1), respond to calls for fundamental reforms of the Electoral Act in line with regional and continental standards.
The country must also provide for representation of vulnerable and underrepresented groups such as women, youth and people with disabilities and introduce laws regulating campaign financing.
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