Togo polls: ECOWAS Observer mission head ends consultations

Lome, Togo (PANA) - Ahead of Thursday's parliamentary polls in Togo, head of the ECOWAS Election Observer Mission to the elections Leopold Ouedraogo Wednesday rounded off his crucial stakeholder consultations by meeting with the chair of the country’s Justice, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Bishop Nicodemus Barrigah-Benissan of Atakpamé,

During the meeting, which was also attended by the head of the African Union Observer Mission, Guinea’s former Prime Minister Kabine Komara, in Atakpame, 161-km north of the capital city of Lome, the three men reviewed the political situation in the country and noted that the pre-election tension had eased.

To consolidate the peace and ensure violent-free election, they appealed for tolerance and mutual respect among political leaders and their followers, and also enjoined politicians to accept the results of the elections or follow lawful channels to seek redress in the interest of peace national unity.

Bishop Barrigah-Benissan expressed his gratitude to ECOWAS and AU for their support and solidarity with Togo, and promised to intensify his conciliatory efforts for peace and stability of the country.

ECOWAS has deployed 80 observers across Togo’s five regions of Maritime, Plateau, Central, Kara and Savanes, for the parliamentary elections. The AU on the other hand has some 30 observers in Togo.

Ambassador Ouédraogo, accompanied by ECOWAS Commission Vice President Toga McIntosh, also met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Elliot Ohin and his Interior Ministry counterpart Gilbert Bawara, who both assured the ECOWAS delegation of Togo’s preparedness for the parliamentary elections.

More than three million registered Togolese voters were heading to the polls Thursday to elect the 91-seat parliament from the more than 1,100 candidates of the ruling party, opposition coalitions and 14 candidates.
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25 july 2013 10:34:45

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