Obasanjo, Kufuor lead ECOWAS Observer Missions to Ghana, Sierra Leone

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ex-Nigeria and Ghana Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and John Kufuor respectively, have been tapped to lead the ECOWAS Election Observer Mission to Ghana and Sierra Leone.

Obasanjo will lead a 250-member mission to Ghana’s general elections scheduled for 7 December, within the context of the region’s instrument for provision of support to member states holding elections, the ECOWAS Commission said in a statement obtained by
PANA here Thursday.

The ECOWAS team, comprising representatives of various segments of the West African society, will be in the country for nine days to observe the conduct of the presidential, legislative and local elections, expected to contribute to the deepening of democratic culture in the country.

An ECOWAS assessment mission was in Ghana last October to review preparations for the elections, during which the mission members met with various stakeholders, including representatives of political parties, civil society organizations and the national electoral commission, to discuss their perspectives on the preparations for the elections.

For his part, Kufuor will lead a 150-member mission to observe Sierra Leone’s general elections set for 17 November 2012.

The observers, drawn from various segments of the society in the region, will be in the country for nine days for the presidential, legislative and local elections.

An ECOWAS assessment team was also sent to the country in September and held discussions with various stakeholders including representatives of political parties, civil society organisations and the national electoral commission, on the preparations for the polls.

The observer missions are aimed at entrenching a culture of transparent and credible elections that will contribute to the promotion of regional peace and stability, the Commission said.
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15 november 2012 12:40:54




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