Togo: Two W/African leaders pay 'solidarity visit' to Togo after successful polls

Lome, Togo (PANA) - Two West African leaders have paid a solidarity visit to Togo following the country's presidential elections of 25 April, which the regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said were held under acceptable free and transparent conditions.

ECOWAS Chairman/Ghana President John Dramani Mahama, accompanied by Ivorian President Alassan Ouattara, paid the visit  to Togo Tuesday to congratulate the people of Togo on the peaceful conduct of the elections

A communique issued after the visit, and made available to PANA Thursday, said it was in line with the ECOWAS protocols in extending support and solidarity to member states holding elections.  

During the visit, Presidents Mahama and Ouattara met with all key stakeholders including the two leading Presidential candidates, and the Chairman and bureau of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) as well as Heads of International Observer Missions who witnessed the elections.

They urged all stakeholders to continue in the spirit of the peaceful conduct of the elections to see the process to its successful conclusion with the declaration of the results within the constitutionally stipulated time.

President Mahama urged the CENI to put in best efforts to conclude the tallying and announcement of the results, while any grievances arising from the process should be directed to the Constitutional Court in line with the laws of the country.

The visiting leaders also commended the people of Togo for their demonstrated commitment to democracy through peaceful elections, and thanked President Faure Gnassingbe and the leaders of the various political parties for their patriotism.

PANA reports that the elections in Togo are among the five slated for the region this year. It follows the one held in Nigeria in March and April.

Elections are also due in Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso.
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30 avril 2015 12:52:06

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