Nigeria: ECOWAS calls Guinea-Bissau free, fair, credible

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has said Sunday's presidential run-off in Guinea-Bissau was conducted in a ''free, fair, transparent and credible manner'' despite some shortcomings.

The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission issued the assessment in its preliminary report on the election, listing some of the shortcomings as the location of polling centres in private premises and unprotected spaces, the ununiformed use of supplementary lists in the polling stations, and the dispersal of polling centres at relatively long distances from the communities in the rural areas.

''The Mission will closely monitor the concluding phases of the process, in particular, the transportation of electoral materials to collation centres, the transmission of results, the collation of final results, as well as the proclamation of preliminary and final results by the competent agencies, and would make additional observations should the situation demand,'' it said.

The 120-member Mission, headed by Prof. Amos Sawyer, former President of the Interim Government of National Unity of Liberia, commended the two candidates in the run-off for their demonstration of statesmanship and exemplary conduct so far, and urged them to stay the course of restraint, legality and peace till the end of the process.

PANA reports that there was no outright winner in the first round of the polls held 13 April, as José Mário Vas, the PAIGC candidate, scored 40.89 percent of the vote but fell short of an outright majority, followed by the independent candidate Nuno Gomes Nabiam, who polled 24.79 percent of the vote.

The two top candidates squared off in Sunday's run-off.
-0- PANA SEG 20May2014

20 may 2014 09:33:27




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