ECOWAS observers to monitor Gambia's election

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A four-member ECOWAS delegation is scheduled to arrive in Banjul mid-week to monitor Thursday's presidential election in the Gambia, officials of the sub- regional body said Monday.
The ECOWAS team comprises Patrick Seddoh, Ghana's former ambassador to France and the Netherlands and Shehu Malami, Nigeria's former ambassador to South Africa.
The monitors are members of the ECOWAS' Council of Elders, which is part of the 15-member organisation's conflict prevention and resolution mechanism.
Bakary Boubou, the official in charge of ECOWAS zonal observatory in the Gambia, and Haruna Warkani of the ECOWAS secretariat in Abuja, are also on the observer team.
ECOWAS sent election monitors to Liberia in 1997 and Niger last year.
The five political parties fielding candidates for Thursday's poll, Gambia's second since the 1994 military coup in the country, include the ruling Alliance of Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC).
Others are the United Democratic Party (UDP) coalition, which is fielding Jammeh's main challenger, lawyer Ouisanou Darboe; the National Convention Party, with Sherrif Mustapga Dibba as candidate; the Peoples Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (Sidia Jatta) and the National Reconciliation Party (Hamat Bah).

15 october 2001 12:22:00

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